There may be a bit of smoke in the air through the weekend as local fires, fires in the Okanagan and big fires in Washington continue to burn. On the local fire front, the biggest fire in the region continues to be the White Tail Brook Fire near Canal Flats, which is 1750 Hectares (but growing away from Canal Flats). There are a number of other lightning related fires in that same area, and all are being actioned by the Type 2 Incident Management Team. All of the closures (including a portion of the river) remain in effect and those closures may expand over the weekend, so check www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest.
There is a small fire a few kilometers north of Fairmont that is being actioned by an Initial Attack Crew, two very remote fires being actioned in the St. Mary Lake Valley, and one new small spot fire a few kilometers outside of Cranbrook in the New Lake area. All of these are lightning caused and being actioned by the Wildfire Management Branch. No structures or communities are being threatened at this time.
The campfire ban (and open burning ban, which prohibits fireworks) remain in place as conditions are extremely dry.