An aggressive wildfire burning just West of Rock Creek has grown overnight, and officials confirm it has destroyed several properties.
330 families have been evacuated from the area. But fire information officer Jordan Turner says some of them won’t have homes to come back to.
But he says it’s still unclear how bad the damage is.
“There have been several structures lost, including homes. Right now we’re working with the local government in the area to facilitate them doing an assement, finding out which properties have been affected and contacting those property owners.”
Turner says the Kettle River Provincial Park campground also suffered partial damage, and they’re looking into how severe it is.
The fire has also grown larger than the reported 25 square kilometers — but it’s not known by how much yet. Turner says clearer weather is allowing crews to get closer today, and they hope to have an updated figure soon.
Highway 33 North, and Highway 3 West of Rock Creek also remain closed.
Turner says crews are working all-out with the Ministry of Transportation to try and get Highway 3 open.
“We’re doing everything we can to open Highway 3 as quickly as possible. There’s a lot of burned out trees, fallen trees on the highway at this point in time. Highway 33 has more damage on it, including downed powerlines. It will be some time before we’re able to open Highway 33.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but it is believed to be human caused.