Wildfire update from BC Wildfire- JULY 11, 2017

Stefanie Poisson

Wildfire update from BC Wildfire- JULY 11, 2017

K20666 – West of Dunn Lake (K20666) and North of Dunn Lake (K20706) Kamloops Fire Centre
Location: West and north of Dunn Lake and along Dunn Lake Road.
Status: 897 hectares COMBINED (estimated), 0% contained
Cause: Under investigation.
Resources: 18 firefighters, 1 response officer, 6 helicopters (shared with K20675), 4 pieces of heavy equipment, 2 water tenders, 6 structural protection unit personnel
Fire camp in place: No
Objectives: The Incident Management (IMT) team assumed control as of 0700 on Monday morning. After a weak cold front passed Sunday night, the fire growth was minimal and to the south. Resource requests for additional support are in. Primary objectives are to identify critical areas for sustained suppression efforts, and to find ingress points for heavy equipment. Crews are laying hose line and developing guard back from the fire on the south side. Machinery will be working the west side where terrain access is less challenging and the south east area which is steep and rocky may be actioned with air tankers. Local fire departments and authorities are assisting the BC Wildfire Service with this fire.
Evacuations: Evacuation orders and alerts are in place throughout the area.
Other: The terrain in this area is very rocky and provides challenging access for heavy equipment. Smoke is thick is the surrounding area, hampering visibility to crews and aircraft.

Thuya Lake Rd. (K20675), Kamloops Fire Centre
Location: 7 Km up Thuya Lake Road
Status: 315 hectares, 0% contained.
Cause: Under investigation.
Resources: 9 firefighters, 1 response officer, 2 water tenders, 4 piece of heavy equipment, 6 helicopters (shared with K20666)
Fire camp in place: No
Objectives: The Incident Management (IMT) team assumed control as of 0700 Monday morning. After a weak cold front passed Sunday night, the fire growth was minimal and to the south. Crews are continuing to lay guard and are working with heavy equipment to establish containment. Local fire departments and authorities are assisting the BC Wildfire Service with this fire.
Evacuations: Evacuation orders and alerts are in place throughout the area.
Other: Difficult terrain is proving access difficult for heavy equipment in some areas. Smoke is thick is the surrounding area, hampering visibility to crews and aircraft.

Public Information Bulletin: July 11, 2017 – 1030 hrs

The three wildfires in the Little Fort area still are estimated at a collective 1,300 hectares. All three are currently primarily exhibiting Rank 1 and 2 fire behaviour, which ranges from smouldering ground fire to an open surface flame. Some pockets of Rank 3 have also been observed, which is a more vigorous surface flame. Poor visibility due to smoke continues to hinder efforts to accurately ascertain the fires’ size.
At this time, there are no immediate threats to values and no structures have been destroyed. A weak cold front passed overnight on Sunday, which increased wind speeds to contribute to some minimal growth on all three fires.

BC Wildfire Service has 27 firefighters, two response officers, two line locators, approximately 32 contractors working on the smaller fires adjacent to K20666, K20706, and K20675, 6 helicopters, 8 pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and six structural protection personnel assigned to the Little Fort complex of wildfires.

The terrain involved in these incidents is very steep and rocky, and fire is causing debris to roll downslope unexpectedly. It is important that members of the public obey the evacuation orders, road closures and prohibited access areas. The purpose of evacuations and closures is to ensure the safety of the public, as well as to ensure the safety of responders and access for heavy equipment.

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.

Report Wildfires: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555

 

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