An evacuation alert has been issued in Grand Forks and Christina Lake due to a big wildfire burning in Washington State but wasn’t issued over fears the flames would cross the border.
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Alan Stanley says the concern here is winds kicking up and sending fire embers across the border.
“That’s the reason for the alert. We’re not worried about the fire coming down at this point. But we’re worried about hot ambers int he communities. Things are very dry, very volatile, and it doesn’t take much to get a fire going as we saw a week or so ago with the Rock Creek situation”.
Stanley says the evacuation alert is affecting a number of homes and people.
“In the South Grand Forks area, the Electoral Area D, we have 648 properties under alert with an estiamted 1504 residents. In the Southern area of Christina Lake we have 74 properties under alert with an estimated 170 residents in those properties.”
He is also asking people there to keep a sharp eye out and report any spot fires resulting from the embers.
Meanwhile, a change of weather later this week could mean good news for fire crews battling B.C. wildfires.
Parts of B.C., including Metro Vancouver could see a good amount of rain hit the ground this weekend lasting until early next week.
Provincial Fire Information Officer Ryan Turcot says heavy showers are expected on the southern coast and southern interior by Friday.
“Certainly in areas where the rain does hit, that could improve conditions around the fires and it could lower the fire danger rating”.
Turcot says it’s a little too early to tell how much rain will come down and the affects it might have but if the forecasts sticks, the rain will bring relief.