A fire in the Wolf River valley area of Strathcona Park, on the west shore of Buttle Lake, is increasing in size. We observed the fire in its early stages a week ago, when it was just a few localized spots – we were told that it had already been reported many times, but was just being monitored at that stage, due to the difficulty of getting a crew into the area.
By this past Wednesday, after a week of hot sunny weather, there were several helicopters on the scene fighting the fire.
After a windy afternoon the size had increased again.
Thursday morning the air was calm, and the fire was still lower down the mountain, with smoke now drifting up Buttle Lake.
By Thursday evening, with increased afternoon winds, there was a dramatic change – the fire had jumped to the top of Mt. Titus, with flames clearly visible.
A mine worker told us that he had seen the dry lightning strike on August 19 that started the fire, and had reported it then, although no action was taken at that time.