Located in the Kootenay Valley west of Highway 93, about 100 km west of Bragg Creek and 40 km north of Radium Hot Springs.
It is categorized as “Out of Control”, is 290 hectares in size, was discovered July 27, 2018. Caused by lightning.

Two active, smaller fires are burning nearby at Vermillion Crossing by Highway 93 (2 hectares) and Fisher Creek (0.6 hectares). Both are likely contributing to the smoke near Bragg Creek.

Highway 93 was closed on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. There is no scheduled reopening. An alternate route is through Golden and Hwy 95. Check Drive BC (see below) for updates.

A fire ban is in place for the long weekend.

Smoke is visible on Moose Mountain

There was a similar fire during the summer of 2017.
Read about the 2017 Verdant Creek fire here:

Wednesday August 1
210 hectares (519 acres). Out of Control
• 68 firefighters
• 7 helicopters
• 15 heavy equipment
Ground crews and heavy equipment are on site today along with aviation support. Crews are working to continue to build guard to limit growth. Hand ignition operations will take place to reinforce the guard where appropriate.

Thursday, August 2
290 hectares (717 acres). Out of Control
• 70 firefighters
• 7 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Ground crews and heavy equipment are on site today along with aviation support. Crews are working to continue to build guard to limit growth. Hand ignition operations will take place to reinforce the guard where appropriate.

Friday, August 3

300 hectares. Out of Control
• 51 firefighters
• 4 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Ground crews and heavy equipment are on site today along with aviation support. Crews are working to continue to build guard to limit growth. Hand ignition operations will take place to reinforce the guard where appropriate. It appears that crews are beginning to get control of the fire, but this will likely continue for a while.

August 4

• 55 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 8 heavy equipment
Ground crews and heavy equipment are on site today along with aviation support. Crews are working to continue to build guard to limit growth. Hand ignition operations will take place to reinforce the guard where appropriate.

Status: Active
• 35% guarded
• 25% contained

August 6

Wildfire size: 240 hectares
• 69 firefighters
• 5 helicopters
• 10 heavy equipment
Crews are continuing to build guard and working on extinguishing hotspots to limit growth.

• 40% guarded
• 25% contained

Very little smoke on Moose Mountain. It appears the firefighters are holding the fire and the worst is over. Highway 93 opened on Monday. They may have to close it again, but it looks like updating this page isn’t required. Congratulations to the firefighters and the BC Wildfire Service. Thanks.

August 7

Just when it appeared we were out of the wildfire woods, the smoke, driven by wind from the west, is back on Moose Mountain. The BC Wildfires Service says things are getting better, but there is still smoke in the area.

August 13

The fire has grown to 576 hectares. It is 20% contained; about half what it was last week. The odd thing is that there is very little smoke in the Bragg Creek area and no ash falling. Looks like this will continue. The fire is very small compared to others in B.C., including one near Pincher Creek, where there is a voluntary evacuation order. Highway 93 is open, although under a travel advisory. It could close at any time.

August 16

There has been a serious amount of smoke in the area. It appears to be the result of numerous wildfires in B.C. where a state of emergency has been declared. 10 is severe on the Environment Canada air quality index. They have set the index at 10+. This is likely to go on.

August 26

Smoke here has been quite bad recently. It appears to be due to this and other fires in B.C.. 2018 is the second worst fire season on record, after last year. This fire has grown to twice it’s size. Now estimated at 1170 hectares. The good news: we’ve had rain and cooler temperatures. There is an evacuation alert in Waterton Lakes National Park due to a fire across the border in Glacier National Park.

August 28

We had 22 mm of rain recently which seems to have changed everything. Moose Mountain is clearly visible (there is snow on it). The evacuation alert for Waterton Lakes has been lifted. Hopefully the worst is over.

Wild fire danger is now moderate and the fire ban has been lifted.

Wildfire Information from BC Wildfire Service:
http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=711

Highway 93 road closure information:
http://www.drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/Highway93.html

Air Quality – Smoke forecast
firesmoke.ca

NASA WorldView
Check the NASA interactive WorldView map showing environmental events like storms and wildfires here and around the globe. It also shows the smoke from the BC Wildfires when you zoom in. go.nasa.gov/2Lrgtcf

Parks Canada Closure

Part of Kootenay National Park, near Vermillion Crossing has been closed.

Get more information here

This is a map of the area

There is a fair amount of smoke on Moose Mountain on Wednesday, August 8.