Winds expected to cause wildfires to spread in southeastern British Columbia: BC Wildfire Service

VANCOUVER – The BC Wildfire Service is warning that gusty winds will likely spark a wildfire that crossed Canada from Montana earlier this month.

The Weasel Creek Wildfire, located in the southeast corner of the province near the East Kootenay community of Roosville, is burning over 1,087 hectares on the Canadian side of the border.

It’s one of six listed as “Wildfire of Note” on the service’s website.

The service says the fire’s forecast growth to the east and northeast could pose a challenge to firefighters and air support working to put out the blaze.

It took Twitter to explain that higher wind speeds increase fire activity and windy conditions can change the direction of spread.

It indicates that wind also reduces the moisture content of fuel, which makes fuels very susceptible to ignition.

“We anticipate significant growth on the northeast flank of this fire over the next few days,” the service said on its website.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2022.

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