Crews on forest fire 5 kilometres up St. Mary Lake Road

Residents asked to stay away from area to allow fire crews to work

On Monday afternoon, Southeast Fire Centre crews and Kimberley Fire Department members responded to a fire five kilometres up the St. Mary Lake Road.

Karly Shaugnessy of the Southeast Fire Centre said that there were two air tankers, a helicopter and two initial attack crews on the fire Monday.

“The fire is at 0.3 hectares and is currently under investigation,” Shaugnessy said. “It is believed to have spread from a structure fire.

“The fire is burning near other structures but at this time they are not at risk.”

The RDEK and Fire Centre were asking people to stay away from St. Mary Lake Road so as not to impede fire crews.

“We are asking everyone to stay off St. Mary Lake Road to allow the crews to fight the fire from the ground and air,” said Loree Duczek of the RDEK. “At this time, there are no evacuation alerts or orders in place.”

Shaugnessy said that while the fire was  not contained, crews were making progress and the hope was that it would not grow larger.