Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff

The St. Mary’s River wildfire has grown rapidly and now poses a risk to a transmission line between Cranbrook and Invermere, according to BC Hydro.

In the event of damage to this line, BC Hydro says it won’t have enough capacity to meet the electricity needs of customers in Invermere, Golden, Radium Hot Springs, and Spillimacheen.

“We’re asking customers in these areas to prepare for possible power outages. If this does occur, our priority will be to continue to power essential services such as hospitals, fire halls and police stations,” the utility says.

BC Hydro continues to work with the BC Wildfire Service to protect its electrical equipment and take steps to reduce the risk of further damage to poles through grubbing ahead of the fire.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep this line in service,” BC Hydro says.

Learn about how to prepare for an outage at: