Rialto Creek wildfire under control

Fire discovered Tuesday afternoon above Robson.

  • Jun. 27, 2018 12:00 a.m.

A Southeast Fire Centre crew quickly tackled a small wildfire burning above Robson on Tuesday.

The .03-hectare fire is now listed as being under control.

“It really shows how effective our three-person Initial Attack crews are,” says Fire Information Officer Ashley Davidoff. “They quickly contain 94 per cent of wildfires by 1o a.m. the day after the fire is discovered.

The fire, above Rialto Creek, was likely caused by the lightning storm that swept through the area on Monday.

A second small fire, .01 hectares in size, also started Tuesday just south of Slocan Park. It was attacked by the Passmore Fire Department with support from the SEFC and is listed as “out”.

Davidoff reminds people that as July begins, the current Category 3 prohibitions on fires will likely be raised higher.

Under Category 3 prohibitions, you are not allowed to have a fire larger than two metres high or three metres wide; a stubble or grass fires over an area larger than 2,000 square metres; and no more than one fire at a time.

This prohibition does not apply to campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide; cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes; or open fires that are smaller than two metres by three metres.

But that could soon change as temperatures rise.

“Around Canada Day, it’s when we should really start to think about the fire danger rising,” she says.

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