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Southeast crews respond to wildfire near Kimberley

Residents are being advised that air tankers may be using St. Mary’s Lake for skimming, the BC Wildfire Service asks that anyone recreating in the area be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of aircraft working in the area.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a suspected human-caused wildfire, Stirton Road (N11005), near the community of Kimberley. The fire is approximately two hectares in size and is being actively actioned by initial attack and unit crews, with aerial support from air tankers, and ground support from the Kimberley fire department. 

The BC Wildfire Service said this fire is not currently threatening communities or structures; however, the fire is very visible from Kimberley, Marysville, and highway 95A. It is expected that smoke may be visible in the area over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Residents are being advised that air tankers may be using St. Mary’s Lake for skimming, the BC Wildfire Service asks that anyone recreating in the area be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of aircraft working in the area.

St. Mary’s Lake is a popular area and although there is no area restriction or closures required at this time, we advise public to exercise caution while in the area to allow skimmers to work safely. 

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire 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, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca