The City of Revelstoke has followed the lead of the Southeast Fire Centre by banning campfires within the city starting Tuesday at noon.
The ban is a result of continued hot and dry weather that has the fire danger rated as high around Revelstoke, with some pockets of extreme danger. Further north towards Mica the danger is a mix of moderate and high.
The Southeast Fire Centre announced Monday a campfire ban would go into effect starting Tuesday, Aug. 5, at noon. The city followed suit with a ban of it’s own Tuesday morning.
Currently, most of the wildfire activity in the southeast is located in the southern portion of the region around Nelson, Creston, Kimberley and Cranbrook. There are only a handful of small, lightning-caused fires near Revelstoke, but they are all quite far from town.
Further south, a 100-hectare fire near Slocan Lake has forced the evacuation of the communities of Slocan Park and Crescent Valley.
A 1,550 hectare fire is burning on White Tail Brook near Canal Flats. The area around the fire has been evacuated and closed to the public.
The bans are in effect until further notice.