Sage Creek Fire still entirely in B.C., reaches Kenow fire break

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
August 9, 2018 - 5:39am

PINCHER CREEK – The Sage Creek Fire remains entirely on the B.C. side of the provincial boundary, burning approximately 1,148 ha, according to the latest update from the Municipal District of Pincher Creek.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, the fire is burning an area described as remote. Its southern side has connected with the fuel break from the 2017 Kenow fire. Officials are concerned about the hot weather creating challenges for the fire suppression crews.

The provinces of B.C. and Alberta have now sent 69 firefighters to the scene, along with eight helicopters, one air tanker, and heavy equipment which is being used to build dozer lines. Firefighters with pumps and hoses are supporting the effort to contain the fire along its perimeter, helped by aerial suppression.

Smoke from B.C. has prompted Alberta Health Services to issue a precautionary air quality advisory for the entire province.

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