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East Kootenay wildfires either under control or being held

All six of the East Kootenay region’s active wildfires are either under control or being held.

A 1.1-hectare wildfire is being held in the Galloway area after it prompted an Evacuation Order of 46 nearby properties. Officials with the Regional District of East Kootenay said the Order has been lifted and residents can return to their homes, thanks to efforts from firefighters.

The fire started Thursday afternoon near the railway tracks.

More: Evacuation Order for Caithness Mobile Home Park lifted (July 8, 2021) 

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North of there, the BC Wildfire Service said a lightning-caused wildfire in the Granite Creek area is now being held. Previous estimates said the fire was 40 hectares in size, but it has since been corrected to about 26 hectares.

Two small wildfires have been put out, one in the Lussier Creek area, east of Skookumchuck, and another south of Canal Flats on the west side of Kootenay River, along Findlay Creek.

A 29-hectare wildfire in the Moyie River area, a 5-hectare wildfire in Dry Creek north of Canal Flats and the 1.5 hectare Bear Creek fire east of Invermere are all under control.

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