Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff
Parks Canada reports that the Mitchell Ridge wildfire is being “held” at 288 hectares, meaning it’s not expected to spread beyond containment lines.
Today, nearly 29 Parks Canada crew members are working the fire in Kootenay National Park and 28 BC Wildfire Service personnel are on the provincial portion of the fire. Two helicopters continue to support these crews as they work towards full extinguishment.
Hose lay is complete along the south perimeter, and danger tree falling continues on the west flank. Crews continue to widen the wet line along the south and west flanks. Patrolling continues on the northern perimeter where terrain is rough.
Little smoke is currently visible from Highway 93S, and Parks Canada reports there is no threat to public safety, infrastructure or roads at this time.
It was previously reported the fire was caused by lightning.

(Parks Canada photo)