By Justin McElroy
There are a number of fires in the Kootenays that crews are battling, and one evacuation alert has been issued north of Nelson.
Residents in the area between Sitkum Creek South and Willow Point (Six Mile Lakes Road) have been impacted by the evacuation alert.
The most visible of the fires is sixty hectares in size between Duhamel and Sitkum Creeks, four kilometres north of Kootenay Lake.
It’s visible from Nelson, but Southeast Fire Centre Fire Information Officer Jordan Turner says it’s not threatening any structures.
Several crews are getting in place to fight the fire, and air tankers and helicopters are in place.
Meanwhile, Highway 95 is closed between Golden and Radium Hot Springs due to a fire adjacent to the highway near Brisco.
Turner says it is eight hectares in size, but not threatening any structures. It’s unknown when the highway will be closed.
South of Cranbrook, a 30-hectare fire is burning 1.5 kilometres east of Highway 95 near Baynes Lake. There, two pieces of heavy equipment and multiple fire fighters are on scene.
And earlier in the afternoon, a fire less than a hectare in size popped up one kilometre west of Castlegar near Blueberry Creeek – but was quickly contained by airtankers and three helicopters.
The causes of all the fires are under investigation, but Turner says lightning is a probable cause in all of them.