Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff
The lightning-caused Mitchell Ridge fire in Kootenay National Park has burned approximately 288 hectares but its growth has slowed thanks to yesterday’s rain.
Parks Canada said there is no threat to public safety, infrastructure or roads at this time, but the fire is considered out of control.
The fire reportedly began on the afternoon of May 19 when it was estimated at 21 hectares. At that time the location was approximately 2 km east of the Kootenay Valley viewpoint and 7 km north of Nipika Mountain Resort.
On Monday, May 22, a total of 24 firefighters were working the fire by reinforcing containment lines along the south and southwest flanks. Four helicopters have been supporting ground crews with bucketing hot spots.