Wildfire Update from BC Wildfire FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
LITTLE FORT COMPLEX: INFORMATION UPDATE
The wildfires known as the Little Fort Complex in the Little Fort area experienced slight growth yesterday. The Thuya Lake fire (K20675) is approximately 450 hectares and the Dunn Lake fire (K20706) is approximately 1,954 hectares.
There are approximately 127 firefighting personnel dedicated to the Little Fort Complex and a total of 18 pieces of heavy equipment, 10 helicopters and a 17-person incident management team made up of Parks Canada and BC Wildfire Service members. Several local contractors are working on the complex and supporting firefighting efforts.
Both fires showed Rank 1 and 2 fire behaviour, which ranges from smouldering ground fire to an open surface flame. Some pockets of Rank 3 fire behaviour were also observed in isolated incidents, which is a more vigorous surface flame. To learn more about fire ranking, visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/wildfire-…/fire-characteristics/rank
Fire is active adjacent to structures in the Dunn Lake fire area. A structural protection crew and additional air support are working to reduce the threat to these structures.
A second public meeting was held in Clearwater last night, July 13, and another meeting is scheduled with the Simpcw First Nation in Chu Chua this evening.
Please note that a public access area restriction is in effect for the Little Fort Complex wildfires.
The terrain involved in these incidents is very steep and rocky, and fire is causing debris to roll downslope unexpectedly. If members of the public see increased wildfire activity or safety hazards, please call the BC Wildfire Service or local emergency services immediately and do not attempt to access the site.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) updates the evacuation orders and alerts. Please refer to the TNRD for details at www.bcwildfire.ca under the “Current Wildfire Situation” tab, and then under “Wildfires of Note” review the Kamloops Fire Centre incident.