Brief: Two wildfires remain out of control in Revelstoke region, one possibly human-caused

No further updates are available on the source of the Wap Creek wildfire, which B.C. Wildfire Services suspect is human-caused. The fires are not close enough to be any immediate risk to Revelstoke, but they are contributing to poor air quality.

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A cyclist passes the Revelstoke Airport just before sundown on July 15. Photo Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Two wildfires outside Revelstoke are still listed as out of control, as heat and dry weather fuel an unpredictable wildfire season. Although listed as out of control by B.C. Wildfire Services, neither fires currently pose a threat to public safety.

Both wildfires are west of Revelstoke, straddling Highway 1 towards Malakwa. At 240 hectares, the Wap Creek wildfire is the larger of the two. It is located 25 kilometres southwest of Revelstoke. Currently, the source of the Wap Creek wildfire is unknown. On July 14, B.C. Wildfire Services announced they are investigating the fire as “suspected to be human-caused.” Since then, the organization has not posted any updates.

Read more about the discovery and investigation of the Wap Creek wildfire here:

New Wap Creek wildfire at 240 hectares, blankets Revelstoke with smoke

Although smaller in comparison, the Three Valley Lake wildfire covers 14 hectares. Lightning sparked this fire on July 14, the same day that Wap Creek lit up in flames. Since then, an air quality alert has been in place for Revelstoke.

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Regional updates and provincial response

Revelstoke is located within the Southeastern Fire Centre region, which currently has one fire of note. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Services.

Despite the ominous conditions, only one fire within the Southeast Fire Centre region is listed as “of note” by B.C. Wildfire Services. To be considered in this category, a wildfire must pose a threat to public safety or be highly visible. In comparison, each fire centre has upwards of eight fires “of note,” with the exception of the Northwest Fire Centre.

The Revelstoke Bridge over the Columbia River on the afternoon of July 15. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

As forecasts predict high temperatures and little rainfall for most of the province, tensions remain high. Despite calls from concerned residents, Thompson-Nicola region officials, and the BC Liberal Party, Premier John Horgan has not declared a provincial state of emergency.