Slocan Park Wildfire: Risk to Residents Significantly Reduced

Nelson—The wildfire burning east of Slocan Park now poses significantly less risk to residents, given the efforts of the Southeast Fire Centre, which has been battling the blaze all day.

"Ground crews constructed fire guards today to protect the community, as well as power lines and towers belonging to Telus and Fortis," said Terry Swan, the RDCK’s regional fire chief.

Although the RDCK is keeping residents on evacuation alert as a precautionary measure until tomorrow morning when the District will receive a status update on the fire, Swan said the situation has improved greatly. The fire is now moving up the mountain and is on the top one-third of the peak.

As of 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5th, the Southeast Fire Centre had dispatched a 20-person ground attack crew, five helicopters and two small bombers to the site.

The fire was caused by a lightning strike early Saturday evening.

Please check as well as the RDCK’s Facebook page for updates.

For further information, please contact:
Terry Swan
Regional Fire Chief

The content on this page was last updated August 5 2014 at 4:34 PM