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Ministry of Forests
BC Wildfire Service

Jul. 24, 2022

Southeast fire centre wildfire update

CASTLEGAR – Between July 21st and July 24th, the Southeast Fire Centre responded to 23
lightning-caused wildfires that were a result of small storm systems passing through the region
with limited rain, following a warming and drying trend.

Currently, none of these wildfires are impacting communities or infrastructure, though many
are highly visible to the surrounding communities. As temperatures are forecast to increase to
above seasonal norms, we expect to find new fires from this weather pattern in the coming

The Southeast had increased preparedness levels ahead of time, with additional crews and
aviation resources prepared for the forecast storm activity in advance. Resource levels in the
Southeast remain adequate for the current and anticipated conditions.

Some of the highly visible wildfires include:

Mount Ferguson (N70699)
Located approximately four kilometres south of the community of Harrop, currently estimated
to be 1.5 hectares in size and is not threatening structures at this time. There are two rapattack
crews and an initial attack crew on scene being supported by two helicopters to cool the fire
and move resources in difficult terrain. Ground crews are focused on fire suppression, building
a helipad, and creating water delivery access. For more information on the ground crews
working on this wildfire:

Frog Peak Cluster (N50677, N50683, N50684, N50685, N50686)
Located approximately 6.5 kilometres west of the community of Passmore, and currently
estimated to range in size from 0.009 – 1 hectare. There are two initial attack crews and two
helicopters working on this cluster in a priority sequence, meaning fires closest to communities
are prioritized first. No structures are threatened at this time.

Halfway Creek (N50704)
Located approximately 2.5 kilometres east of the community of Salmo and currently estimated
to be 0.009 hectares in size. This fire is burning in rocky and mountainous terrain. An initial
attack crew is en route and while it is visible to the surrounding communities, it is not currently
threatening structures.

As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to update the information over the next few
days as needed and as detection continues.

Currently, 22 fires are burning in the Southeast Fire Centre. Since April 1, 2022, there have been
47 fires covering 67 hectares. The fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre today is a mix
of moderate and high with small pockets of extreme in the Kootenay Lake and Arrow zones.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north,
and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west, to the B.C.-Alberta
border in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell
phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures
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Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 318-7715