A helicopter with bucket in tow lifts off from Revelstoke Airport on August 11.

A helicopter with bucket in tow lifts off from Revelstoke Airport on August 11.

Fire crews respond to 14 wildfires around Revelstoke

A wave of electrical storms over the weekend caused a rash of new fire starts in the Columbia Fire Zone, most of them spot fires.

The lightning storms that lit up the Revelstoke sky in the past few days also touched off 14 wildfires in the Columbia Fire Zone. All of them are in remote areas, most are spot-sized and none are causing fire officials any concern.

The majority of the fires were discovered on Saturday, Aug. 10.

B.C. Wildfire Branch spokesperson Karlie Shaughnessy said the tanker planes that stopped by the Revelstoke Airport on Aug. 11 were working the West Twin Creek fire located about 14 kilometres east of Revelstoke. Firefighters from the Revelstoke-based Columbia Unit Crew are also fighting the 1.1-hectare fire.

The largest fire is located northeast of Revelstoke at Jumping Creek. It’s about 10 hectares in size.

Some smoke is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway at Albert Canyon, and on Highway 23 North.

“All of these fires are far away in very remote areas,” Shaughnessy said, adding they are of “no concern.”

The Revelstoke Airport was a hive of activity today. At least two large tanker planes made stops there, and several helicopters with buckets came and went.

The fire danger rating in the Revelstoke area is mostly ‘high’ with a few pockets rated ‘extreme.’