On Monday, March 9th, crews from the Southeast Fire Centre
responded to four new wildfires, all of which were human-caused and
Two of the fires were the result of poorly planned open burning:
* Wildfire Management Branch crews supported local RCMP members and fire
departments at a five-hectare grass fire near Lind Creek in Greenwood.
One home in the area was temporarily evacuated.
* A 2.6-hectare fire just outside Baynes Lake was the result of
industrial pile burning and the fire escaped into surrounding grassy
An 11-hectare fire west of Highway 95A and a 15-hectare fire 10
kilometres north of Cranbrook were likely caused by recreational
activities, such as ATVs or dirt bike use. Anyone riding an ATV or dirt
bike should check the condition of the muffler, stay on dirt paths and
avoid tall grasses and weeds.
Monday’s incidents are reminders for the public to remain vigilant with
any recreational activities or open fires, and to ensure that they have
contingency plans in place to extinguish any fire that may escape. The
recent unseasonably mild temperatures, spring-like conditions and low
relative humidity in the Southeast Fire Centre have increased the
wildfire risk in all snow-free areas. Dried grass from last summer has
not had the opportunity to renew itself due to cold overnight
temperatures and so it is highly flammable.