Smoke from the fire can be seen from the Townsite area.

Smoke from the fire can be seen from the Townsite area.

Fire size unchanged

Mark Creek fire not a concern, Whitetail Brook remains largest wildfire in area

The fire 17 k northwest of Kimberley in the Mark Creek watershed is nothing to worry about, says Kimberley Assistant Fire Chief Rick Prasad. Cooler weather and some rain over Tuesday night slowed it considerably, keeping its size to just four hectares.

“It hasn’t grown. They have 15 people on it,” Prasad said Wednesday morning. “It’s nothing to worry about. They are working on it and making headway.”

Prasad says the fire is burning at an elevation of 6,000 feet (1828 metres).

“It’s quite high up. If it was on the valley bottom it would be of more concern, but on a mountain top, it’s got nowhere to go.”

The Whitetail Brook fire near Canal Flats remains the largest in the area, now at just under 1800 hectares. Crews have been on this fire since July 27 and it is still only 50 per cent contained.

There are several fires in that area which the Southeast Fire Centre refers to as the White Complex. They are the Whiteswan Lake Fire, adjacent to the south edge of Whiteswan Lake, which is 5 hectares and 100 per cent contained.

The White Rock Fire, 2km east of the White River, is 975 hectares and 15 per cent contained. 33 firefighters and 2 pieces of heavy equipment are working on this fire.

The Shark Tooth Mountain fire, 17 km southeast of Canal Flats, is 147 hectares and not contained.

Travel restrictions remain in place in this area and new ones include the entire East Fork of the White River Forest Service Road from approximately the 46-km mark to Munroe Lake, the Bull River Forest Service Road south to approximately the 95-km mark and the entire crown land portion of the Crossing Creek Trail east to Round Prairie.



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