Tuesday • August 16, 2022
Sky is clear this morning with slight haze in the distance.
We expect to see/smell some smoke later today and this evening from wildfires in the region: Sparwood - Cummings Creek fire (~30km away), Cranbrook (~60km away) and USA-Canada border - Weasel Creek fire (~80km away). These fires are not of concern for Fernie area but may cause some smoke to drift in from prevailing winds.
See the below links for weather, fire map, smoke tracker, road reports and more details related to BC wildfires.
Campfires and similar are banned in the entire region (Fernie is part of the South East Fire Centre region) as of Thursday, August 4, 2022, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Fire ban is expected to stay in place until fall season.
Local radio stations list:
The previous five summers did not see any forest wildfire activity in our area. In 2017 and 2018 Fernie experienced periodic smokey skies, primarily between early August and early September, but no wildfires in close proximity.
In BC, local community and regional governments lead the initial response to emergencies in communities.
Wildfire Preparedness - What To Do. In BC, local community and regional governments lead the initial response to emergencies in communities.