Winds die down around a BC wildfire in East Kootenays as crews work to contain the flames

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Gusts of wind fanned the flames of a wildfire near Canal Flats, B.C., at the southern end of Columbia Lake, this weekend, increasing its size by about four square kilometers, but the officials said on Monday that the wind had died down.The BC Wildfire Service said winds increased the size of the Doctor Creek fire in the East Kootenays to about 58 square kilometers on Saturday, but the weather has since calmed down – but not in an ideal way.

“The wind is less … but we don’t expect significant rain for seven to ten days,” fire chief intelligence officer Taylor Colman said on Monday.

The service said a specialized recall crew had established helipads to access an area of ​​the blaze located on steep and rocky terrain. A sprinkler system was successfully installed over the weekend.

The service says a team of personnel, backed by aviation and heavy machinery, are helping create a natural fuel cut to prevent the fire from spreading further.

The East Kootenay Regional District maintains an evacuation order for 10 properties in the Findlay Creek area.

Christie Mountain Fire Update

Meanwhile, an update from the BC Wildfire Service says the Christie Mountain fire near Penticton was started by lightning.

The fire remains active but is “held back” meaning that it is not likely to spread beyond existing limits.

“There are a number of isolated trees on the western flank that have burned down inside and are now falling. These trees create visible smoke but they burn inside the perimeter, ”the advisory said.

The Okanagan / Similkameen Regional District Emergency Operations Center says that while the smoke is still visible, there is no imminent threat to properties in the area at this time.

He asks Skaha Lake boaters to stay clear of aircraft working on the fire.

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