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Crews have Perry Creek fire guarded

An air tanker is attacking the wildfire at Perry Creek. - Darcy Wiebe
An air tanker is attacking the wildfire at Perry Creek.
— image credit: Darcy Wiebe

Twenty firefighters and two dozers are continuing to make good progress the fire burning in the Perry Creek area between Cranbrook and Kimberley. With forecasted wind gusts expected on Tuesday, the Southeast Fire Centre is expecting smoke to increase on the four-hectare blaze.

Discovered Monday afternoon, this person-caused fire was 100 per cent as of Tuesday morning. Crews will continue to remove danger trees in the area and mop-up hot spots closest to the fire perimeter. This fire is not threatening any communities or structures at this time.

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to remind the public to that failure to properly extinguish a campfire will result in a $345 fine. In addition, if their campfire escapes and causes a wildfire, they may be held liable for all resulting suppression costs and damages.

The fire danger rating is high with patches of extreme in the Boundary, Arrow, Kootenay Lake and Cranbrook zones. In the Invermere zone the fire danger rating is high.

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