Update: Wildfire behind Trail hospital about 1 hectare in size
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Update from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary as of 7:40pm:
There are 6 BC Wildfire Service personnel and 30 Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue on site. A helicopter is working while daylight permits. Two hectares in size. Aggressive action is paying off and crews will monitor overnight.
More information is expected in the morning.
Interior Health is now expecting normal access to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail to resume at midnight.
Until then, less urgent patients are asked to go to the Castlegar Emergency Department which will be kept open until midnight.
Urgent patients are asked to call 911.
Crews on are the scene of a wildfire about one hectare in size behind the Trail hospital.
We spoke with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Information Officer Frances Maika.
Maika says the trails around the hospital in the Muriel Heights area are closed and only emergency traffic is being allowed up to the hospital on the main road.
Karl Hart with Interior Health says the hospital itself isn’t impacted, just access to the facility.
He says anyone with less urgent needs is asked to go to Castlegar.
We’ll have more information as updates become available.