B.C. wildfire crews were “aggressively” tackling a two-hectare wildfire that sparked up and came within several hundred metres of Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail on Tuesday.
The McQuarrie Creek fire, which was believed to have been triggered by lightning, was fought using ground crews, helicopters and four air tankers.
Crews made good progress by nighttime, said the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
#BCWildfire Service is responding to the McQuarrie Creek fire, ~1 ha in size just north of the #TrailBC hospital. Ground crews, helis and 4 airtankers are responding. This is a slope-driven fire and is moving away from town. Structures not considered to be threatened at this time pic.twitter.com/zdb301xGW4
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) September 12, 2018
The blaze was considered a “slope-driven fire” and it wasn’t believed to be threatening any structures, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
It was burning between the hospital and JL Crowe Secondary School, though it was also moving away from town.
Access to the hospital was limited to emergency traffic, according to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.
Emergency room patients were diverted to the Castlegar and District Health Centre.
That facility normally closes at 8 p.m. but it was being kept open on Tuesday.
Crews are expected to monitor the fire throughout the night and then action it once again on Wednesday.
Trails that are accessed from Sunningdale, Miral Heights have been closed alongisde the Raven’s Rock trail.