There are four out-of-control wildfires burning in the northern part of the West Kootenay, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service website as of 10 a.m. on July 12.
The lightning-caused Trozzo Creek fire was discovered on July 9. Located about four kilometres northeast of Winlaw in the Slocan Valley, the fire is 19 hectares in size.
The Cultus Creek Fire is 50 kilometres in size and is located in a wilderness area in the Selkirk mountains about 25 km east of Ymir. B.C. Wildfire Service has classified the fire as modified response, which means it is being monitored to contain it within a pre-determined perimeter. The fire was caused by lightning and discovered on July 2.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has closed all public access to its Darkwoods Conservation Area due to the Cultus Creek fire.
The Akokli Creek fire, started by lightning and discovered on July 9, covers 1.2 hectares and is located about seven km east of Boswell on the east shore of Kootenay Lake.
The Mt. Ruppel fire, located about 12 km southeast of Slocan, covers 6.7 hectares and was caused by lightning and discovered on July 10.
Further south, the Beavervale Creek fire in the Bombi Pass between Castlegar and Salmo is 35 hectares in size and is out of control.