The large column of smoke visible from Nelson and surrounding areas this afternoon is the result of successful burn out operations on the Sitkum Creek wildfire.
The wildfire is located in very steep and dangerous terrain. Burn out operations are necessary to limit the potential growth and direction of the fire. The objective is to secure the south flank on Duhamel Creek drainage area.
People can expect similar columns and fire activity to occur over the next few days from more burn out operations. These operations remove fuel from the fire's path and reduce the chance of the wildfire breaching the control line.
The 530-hectare Sitkum Creek wildfire is 50% contained and has 79 firefighters, 18 support staff, seven helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment continuing ongoing suppression efforts.
The BC Wildfire Service’s top priorities are protecting life and property. The BC Wildfire Service is requesting the public’s help in accomplishing these goals by urging members of the public to stay out of the area, and respect the area restriction order that is in effect.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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Southeast Fire Centre
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