Fire in Washington state just 800 metres from B.C. border

A smoky sunrise near the Horns Mountain wildfire in Washington state. U.S. Forestry Service

A wildfire burning in Washington state is encroaching on B.C. territory, with just a quarter-mile of land, or 800 metres, between it and the border.

The U.S. Forest Service says the Horns Mountain wildfire, located approximately 13 kilometres southeast of Christina Lake in B.C.’s Boundary region, is estimated at 1,188 acres (480 hectares) and was just 10 per cent contained, with 439 personnel on site.

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Across the border, the B.C. Wildfire Service is calling that same blaze the Santa Rosa wildfire.

Contacted Thursday afternoon, a U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said the fire was moving north, albeit very slowly, but that talks between the USFS and BCWS were planned for Friday.

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On Monday, the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary issued an evacuation alertĀ for properties in the Big Sheep Creek drainage area and for properties east of kilometre two on Santa Rosa Road. For more information on this alert, contact the RDKB at 250-368-0259 or visit

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