Ministry of Forests and Range, Wildfire Management Branch
The Southeast Fire Centre is one of six regional wildland fire centres operated by the B.C. Forest Service's Wildfire Management Branch. The main office for the Southeast Fire Centre is located at the Castlegar municipal airport. The main office is responsible for regional administration and also oversees all operations and dispatch.
The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the US Border to Mica Dam and from the Okanagan Highlands/west side of the Monashee Mountains to the B.C./Alberta Border. Provincial Parks included within the Southeast Fire Centre are Valhalla, Kokanee Glacier, Monashee, St. Mary's Alpine, Mount Assiniboine, Top of the World, and Elk Lakes. Borders are also shared with Glacier, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks.
The Southeast Fire Centre is made up of six zones. The North Columbia zone office is in Revelstoke with a secondary base in Golden. Invermere zone office is located in Invermere. Kootenay Lake zone office is located in Nelson. The Arrow zone office is located in Castlegar and there is a secondary base in Nakusp. Cranbrook zone office is in Cranbrook and Boundary zone office is in Grand Forks with a secondary base in Rock Creek.
The Southeast Fire Centre varies from a wet climate in the north to a dry Okanagan climate in the southwest. The mountainous terrain can experience high temperatures in summer and very low temperatures in the winter. Vegetation is very diverse across the region and includes many commercial hardwood and softwood species such as larch, pine, spruce, fir, Douglas-fir, cottonwood, aspen, western red cedar, and birch. Patches of grassland can also be found throughout the area.