Slocan Park wildfire prompts evacuation alert along Highway 6
Fire near Slocan Peak discovered Aug. 3 has spread across 100 hectares
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for the unincorporated areas of Slocan Park and Crescent Valley, due to a wildfire that is burning roughly 20 kilometres west of Nelson, B.C.
The Slocan Park wildfire, which is approximately 100 hectares in size, is burning near Slocan Peak and roughly two kilometres from Highway 6, which connects the Slocan Valley with Highway 3 to the south.
Jordan Turner, a spokesman with the Southeast Fire Centre, says the evacuation alert for residents in the immediate vicinity was issued overnight as a precaution.
"Right now, that is a preventative measure," he said.
Terry Swan, regional fire chief with the district, says he wants residents to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice, but fire crews will do their best today to tame the fire.
“Currently the winds have abated and the Southeast Fire Centre will be attacking the fire with full force," he said in a written statement on Tuesday. "Weather permitting, they expect to be successful.”
But, he added, now is the time for anyone with livestock to move their animals to a safe location.
The Slocan Park wildfire, which broke out Saturday during a lightning storm, is just one of sixty new fires broke out in the Kootenay region over the weekend.
The region's weather forecast is for continued hot, dry weather.