B.C. wildfires map 2017: Current location of wildfires around the province
More than 100 wildfires are still burning in B.C., and most evacuation orders and alerts have now been rescinded completely.
But this season remains B.C.’s worst fire season in history but it is still 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. 22, 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 10 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, now 521,o12 hectares in size, is being managed by two B.C. Wildfire Services teams, one in Puntzi and the other west of Quesnel.
This is a massive fire (the largest in the province’s history).
Crews today will be working on mop up, patrol, and demob gear where possible.
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.
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 24,957 hectares.
It is no longer considered a ‘wildfire of note’.
An evacuation alert was lifted on Sept. 10 for the Kleena Kleene area.
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 95 per cent contained.
All alerts related to this fire have now been lifted and it no longer considered a threat.
Structures have been lost due to this fire, according to the wildfire service.
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) over this fire will expire at the end of day Sept. 20.
An area restriction under Section 11 of the Wildfire Act remains in effect in the area around the Elephant Hill wildfire, even though some of the evacuation orders have been lifted. The restriction continues to restrict public access to crown land in the area of the fire, except for residences and some commercial operators. It will remain in place until the earlier of noon on Oct. 31, 2017 or until the order is rescinded.
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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 is no longer considered a wildfire of note*
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, and is being held.
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.
All evacuation alerts related to this fire have been lifted.
Effective at noon on Sept 20, the area closure around the White River fire (and the Quinn Creek fire)has been rescinded.
However, the following Forest Service Roads remain closed:
- White River Forest Service Road, starting at the 32.5 kilometre mark
- White-East Fork Forest Service Road, starting at the 60-kilometre mark
- White-Schoefield Forest Service Road, starting at the 78-kilometre mark
- Lodgepole Creek R05956 SEC 1 Forest Service Road, starting at the 54.3-kilometre mark .
This estimated 3,117-hectare wildfire is burning 10 kilometres south of Harrop-Procter. It is 10 per cent contained and being held.
Previous evacuations have been rescinded.
As of noon Sept. 20, The Regional District of Central Kootenay recinded the evacuation alert for the Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village. For more information please call 250 352-6665 or visit the district’s website.
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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.
Previous evacuation alerts have been rescinded.
This estimated 2,215-hectare fire is burning five kilometres northwest of Moyie and 18 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook.
It is now an estimated 80 per cent contained.
The fire took 10 to 13 millimetres of rain on Wednesday. Fire behaviour is quiet allowing crews to make good progress.
All evacuation alerts have now been rescinded.
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.
Additionally, there is a full road closure for the Etna Creek Forest Service Road starting at the 0.5 kilometre mark to the Lamb Creek Forest Service Road Junction. A detailed map of this road closure can be found here.
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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