The Southeast Fire Centre is responding to a wildfire near White Tail Brook, about 10 kilometres east of the village of Canal Flats.
The fire covers an estimated 150 hectares and no structures or communities are at risk at this time.
The Wildfire Management Branch is conducting a full response to this fire, including multiple helicopters and airtankers supporting over 40 personnel on the ground. The fire site is close to the Nine Mile Forest Service Road, which connects to the Whiteswan Forest Service Road. The Whiteswan Forest Service Road and access to Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park remain open, but the Wildfire Management Branch has established security stations to limit access to some small back roads in the area. Depending on fire behaviour, there could be additional back road closures.
The Wildfire Management Branch has responded to 31 wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre since Thursday, July 24. The majority of them have been small, spot-sized wildfires and one of those fires is currently threatening any properties or infrastructure.
With hot and dry conditions forecast through next week and the potential for more thunderstorms on the long weekend, the Southeast Fire Centre is urging the public to be extra cautious in the backcountry. All person-caused fires are preventable and these incidents may affect the ability of the firefighting crews to respond to naturally occurring fires.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.