UPDATE: Three homes have been evacuated in the village of Slocan City. The fire is within 100m of structures.
Waking up this morning, I was reminded of home, in Australia. The smell of burning trees was in the air, and there was a hazy stillness in the valley. As it turns out the forest fires nearby to Castlegar are running pretty hot. The water bombers and helicopters have been at it from dawn to dusk, (out airport has no night landing capability), but they’ve been in and out all day everyday.
As of Tuesday evening, 17 homes remain on evacuation alert near two fires in the Kootenays, as wildfires in the southeastern region of the province grow.
Thirteen homes are threatened in the Slocan Valley, where the Springer Creek fire is about one kilometre away, and another four homes have been placed on evacuation alert in the rural community of Argenta, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake.
The Springer Creek fire is running at about 600 hectares in size, and is one of a couple of fires in the area.
Things are a little different from how we fought fires in Australia, it seems that there is less on the ground manpower invested, and more reliance on air support. Remembering back to the Summer 1995 fires in and around Sydney, where convoys of fire trucks were deployed as the dry conditions, lightning and fierce winds whipped up deadly fire storms, I pray for some cooler temperatures, a bit of rain and not too many campers for the long weekend.
Link to Forest Service Update Page.