Valhalla wildfire visible from New Denver
A lightning-caused wildfire burning on the west side of Slocan Lake in Valhalla Provincial Park near Wee Sandy Creek is highly visible from New Denver and Silverton.
The fire, started on Aug. 26, is located in remote, steep and dangerous terrain, making it unsafe for firefighters to access.
The fires are less than one hectare in size and are not threatening any structures or communities, and the Southeast Fire Centre is monitoring the fire’s activity.
Smoke from large wildfires in California may be visible in the area as well. The largest of these fires located near Yosemite National Park covers 75,000 hectares.
The Fire Danger Rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is mostly “low” to “moderate”, with pockets of “high” near Grand Forks, Nelson, New Denver and Duncan Lake.
As of today, 281 wildfires have burned 554 hectares in the Southeast Fire Centre. Of those fires, 244 were caused by lightning and 37 were caused by people.