Much of the smoke in valley today is the result of a weather inversion trapping smoke from the Talbot Creek wildfire in the Slocan Valley, as well as from fires in the U.S. There are currently 129 firefighters, nine helicopters and 10 heavy equipment machines attacking the Talbot Creek blaze.
In an update posted today, BC Wildfire Services said the lightning-caused conflagration is not threatening any structures.
"The Talbott Creek wildfire remains classified as out of control," the update said. "Today, September 12, fire activity will be most active on the north and east flanks of the fire. Airtankers were on site yesterday afternoon, reinforcing and extending a retardant line on the ridge east of the fire.
"Crews have completed construction of the hose lay from the Slocan River to the west flank and are working on the fire on the east side of McFayden Creek today
"An infrared scan to identify hot spots was completed last night. Crews will be working to cool these areas today.
There will be an increase in smoke originating from the United States late today and into tomorrow. A map of forecast smoke is available at firesmoke.ca "
The update also said the Regional District of the Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert in the area of this fire. (Specific details can be foudn at rdck.ca )
"In the interest of safety, the public is being asked not to stop or slow on highway 6 or the Slocan river road to take photos of the fire. As both roads are narrow, slowing and stopping traffic can create significant safety hazards. We thank residents and visitors for their continued support and cooperation in this matter."