B.C. wildfires map 2017: Current location of wildfires around the province
The province-wide state of emergency is now at an end (as of midnight, Friday Sept. 15).
More than 100 wildfires are still burning in B.C., and while most evacuation orders have been rescinded, a number of alerts remain in effect.
This season remains B.C.’s worst fire season in history and it is far from over.
The B.C. Wildfire Service has provided a map of where the fires are located (it may not load in high traffic times so you might need to be patient).
The map is accurate as of Sept. 19, although the wildfire situation may change at any time. The larger flames on the map are considered “wildfires of note.”
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An interactive map created by NASA allows users to zoom in and see wildfire damage across the province.
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There are currently 14 wildfires of note in B.C.:
If you have a claim for compensation due to the wildfires during the provincial State of Emergency, please provide the following information: your name and your location; a brief description of the alleged damages/losses you are claiming and the date(s) occurred; and, the alleged cause or source of the losses/damages being claimed by you.
Claims for compensation will be investigated, and then assessed in accordance with the Emergency Program Act, and/or the Wildfire Act, and/or any other legislation that may apply.
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A series of fires in the Chilcotin Plateau have merged into the largest fire in B.C.’s history.
This fire was previously listed as Chezacut, Tautri, Bishop’s Bluff, Baezaeko, Wentworth Creek, Arc Mountain, and others.
The fire is 521,648 hectares in size and is being managed by two B.C. Wildfire Services teams, one in Puntzi and the other west of Quesnel.
More information on evacuation orders and alerts related to the fire can be found here.
This is a massive fire (the largest in the province’s history) and is considered an interface fire (threatening communities and infrastructure) in many areas.
There is currently an area restriction in place due to this wildfire. To locate this fire perimeter and the ten-kilometre buffer zone, as well as other area restrictions, check out this map.
On Sept. 10, an evacuation order related to an area around the Plateau Fire was downgraded to an evacuation alert.
Here’s a detailed description of how the firefighters are attacking this massive blaze.
This wildfire, currently burning west of Highway 20, primarily along the Klinaklini River, approximately 200 kilometres west of Williams Lake, is now an estimated at 25,557 hectares.
An evacuation alert was lifted on Sept. 10 for the Kleena Kleene area.
This fire remains active with 104 firefighters and four helicopters fighting the blaze.
There is currently an area restriction in place due to this wildfire. To locate this fire perimeter and the five-kilometre buffer zone, as well as other area restrictions, check here.
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The Ashcroft-area wildfire is now estimated at 192,725 hectares and now 85 per cent contained.
Structures have been lost due to this fire, according to the wildfire service.
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) remains in place over the fire, as well as the airstrip in Cache Creek.
Crews continue to make good progress on the Elephant Hill wildfire, especially with cooler conditions recently. There has been no additional growth or change to the fire perimeter.
Danger trees continue to be a major concern in the area as this summer’s fire activity has weakened the roots and damaged many trees, making them very susceptible to toppling over in the event of wind.
Today fire personnel will continue to work on mop-up and patrol along the fire perimeter and in and around properties.
The BC Wildfire Service, structural protection specialists through the Office of the Fire Commissioner, RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, and Conservation Officer Service are working together together to protect life, property, and infrastructure.
A number of evacuation alerts remain in effect due to this massive fire.
On Aug. 28, an area restriction was updated for all Crown land in the vicinity of the Elephant Hill wildfire.
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This wildfire is burning approximately 70 kilometres west of Osoyoos, near Border Lake. It is now an estimated 12,453 hectares and still zero per cent contained.
The wildfire was discovered on July 23 in the Paysayten Wilderness of Washington state, approximately 10 kilometres south of the Canada/U.S. border. Since the first week of the fire, the BC Wildfire Service has been in regular communication with U.S. firefighting officials. This included several flights to monitor and assess the potential for the fire crossing the border into Canada.
A modified response is being used to manage this wildfire. The fire is burning in alpine forests and assessments indicate there is no threat to public safety and there is a limited threat to structural values at this time.
Due to public safety concerns, BC Parks has closed Cathedral Provincial Park.
U.S. officials indicate this wildfire was human-caused.
This 4,833-hectare wildfire is burning in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.
Due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, and in consultation with the B.C. Wildfire Service, BC Parks reopened portions of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park for public use on Aug. 16.
Members of the public will once again be able to use:
- the north core area around Sunshine Meadows, including the Standish viewpoint and access trail, the Rock Isle loop and the Grizzly-Laryx Lake trails.
- the south area, including the Upper Simpson Drainage south of Og Lake and the extreme upper portion of the Mitchell River drainage (Cerulean, Sunburst and Elizabeth lakes and trails).
- the Assiniboine Creek drainage
The rest of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park remains closed to public access due to wildfire risks.
This fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.
Travellers along Highway 20 are advised to be aware of heavy smoke in the region.
This now 26,399-hectare wildfire is burning about 37 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats. It is now 90 per cent contained, including natural features such as rock formations.
The White River fire, the Grave Creek fire and the North White Fire have all merged and will now be called the White River wildfire.
These fires have been combined because these fires are near forest service roads that have restrictions in place.
These fires are not currently affecting any communities or structures.
To aid in fire suppression activities and for public safety, there is a complete road closure on the White-Schoefield Forest Service Road starting at the 78 kilometre mark, the White River Forest Service Road starting at the 32 kilometre mark and the White-East Fork Forest Service Road starting at the 60 kilometre mark.
An evacuation alert remains in effect due to this wildfire.
The full road closures and area restriction remains in effect for this area.
This estimated 3,117-hectare wildfire is burning 10 kilometres south of Harrop-Procter.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has implemented an evacuation alert for the Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village. For detailed information about this evacuation alert, people should call the Regional District of Central Kootenay at 250 352-6665 or visit the district’s website.
The Harrop Mainline and East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road is closed to the public at this time to aid in fire suppression efforts and to keep the public safe.
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This wildfire, believed to be caused by lightning, is an estimated 445 hectares in size and now estimated to be 60 per cent contained.
It is burning approximately five kilometres east of Galena Bay.
This fire is highly visible to Highway 23 and, from the Galena Bay ferry landing and surrounding area.
Crews are patrolling this fire and continuing with mop-up.
This estimated 410-hectare fire is currently burning 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo in the Pend d’Oreille area.
It is now estimated at 100 per cent contained.
Smoke may be visible from Highway 6, and the Salmo area. Expect more smoke from this fire as temperatures peak in the afternoon and pockets of unused fuels burn inside the containment lines.
This wildfire of note is burning 18 kilometres southwest of Newgate, which is 65 kilometres southeast of Cranbrook.
It is not threatening any structures at this time.
It is an estimated 1,285.4 hectares in size in Canada but the majority of this fire continues to burn in the USA.
There has been minimal growth on the Canadian portion of this fire.
Additional information on this fire can also be found here.
Fire crews say people in the area can expect to see an increase in smoke from this fire during peak temperature times and windy conditions. Smoke is highly visible from Newgate, Lake Koocanusa and surrounding areas. The U.S. Forest Service is currently fighting this fire with air support including airtankers.
The Regional District of East Kootenay has implemented an alert for the community of Newgate south to the U.S. Border. For detailed information about this Evacuation Alert, people should call the Regional District of East Kootenay at 250 426-2188 or visit the district’s website at http://www.rdek.bc.ca.
This estimated 2,157-hectare fire is burning five kilometres northwest of Moyie and 18 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook.
It is now an estimated 50 per cent contained.
The Regional District of East Kootenay has issued a partial rescind of the Evacuation Order for the Lamb Creek Fire and downgraded it to an Evacuation Alert.
The partial rescind applies to the east side of Moyie Lake, including the Porto Rico Road, Hidden Valley Road areas, Owl’s Nest RV Resort, Moyie townsite, Eagle’s Nest RV Resort, and both sides of Highway 3/95 south of Braunagel Road to Stone Creek.
Green Bay, Monroe Lake, Braunagel Road, Moyie Shores Estates and Aurora Estates remain on Evacuation Order as the Lamb Creek Fire is still an active fire.
The Evacuation Order applies to the Etna Creek FSR.
Effective Aug. 30 there is a Forest Service Road closure for the Lamb Creek Forest Service Road starting at the 1.5-kilometre mark of the Mineral and Lamb Creek Forest Service Road to the Whitney and Irishman Creek Forest Service Road junction.
This estimated 15,448.8 hectare fire is burning in the Flathead Valley.
B.C. wildfire crews are are monitoring this fire that is burning in a remote area. While no structures or communities are threatened in B.C., the fire has crossed over into Alberta and as a result, has prompted officials to issue an evacuation order for the Waterton Lakes National Park and townsite.
This 5,800-hectare wildfire has been burning along Soowa Mountain, predominately northward, and is now visible to the community of Elco and Highway 3. Structural protection is in place on one cabin not immediately threatened by this fire. This fire is currently not a threat to the community of Elko or to Highway 3.
It is zero per cent contained and was caused by lightning.
This 11,763.7-hectare wildfire is burning 30 kilometres west of the Elk River.
This lightning-caused fire originated in the Quinn Creek area, and winds moved it into the Bull Creek drainage. It has not moved out of this drainage. Crews are mopping up accessible areas of the fire. This fire has responded to the cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area.
Previous evacuations for this wildfire have now been rescinded.
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