Blackened evergreen needles and ash sprinkled onto Revelstoke and an ever-thickening cloud of smoke tinted the sunset with an orange glow on Wednesday, both caused by a new 240-hectare wildfire located about 25 kilometres southwest of Revelstoke.
B.C. Wildfire Service is calling the wildfire the Wap Creek fire. It was discovered today, Wednesday, July 14, and a statement from the wildfire service says they suspect it is human-caused.
#BCWildfire Service is monitoring a fire located 25km SW of #Revelstoke and S of Three Valley Lake. This fire is estimated to be 240 ha, classified as “Out of Control” & highly visible to Revelstoke & surrounding areas. Suspected to be human-caused & will be under investigation. pic.twitter.com/pFhBk5unBO
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 15, 2021
The fire is listed as out of control.
The fire from the air
Ash, needles and smoke
In a brief statement, B.C. Wildfire Service said that the fire is under investigation.
More to come
The Wap Creek area is fairly well known to backcountry enthusiasts in Revelstoke. The Wap Lake Forest Service Road branches off the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke, proving access to the backcountry in the area.
The Wap Creek wildfire about 25 kilometres southwest of Revelstoke that flared up on July 14 deposited ash and evergreen needles all over town. Here’s a sample from the hood of a Dodge truck. pic.twitter.com/yNiiR179l9
— Revelstoke Mountaineer (@RevelstokeMTNR) July 15, 2021
We’ll update on this wildfire in the coming days, and the investigation into the cause.