Wildfire Update from BC Wildfire: LITTLE FORT COMPLEX

Stefanie Poisson

LITTLE FORT COMPLEX: INFORMATION UPDATE THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

The three wildfires known as the Little Fort Complex (K20675, K20666, K20706) in the Little Fort area still are estimated at a collective 1,840 hectares. Poor visibility due to smoke continues had made it previously difficult to accurately ascertain the fires’ size, but helicopter flights yesterday allowed for the new estimation of size. Fires K20666 and K20706 will now be combined into K20706 as called the Dunn Lake Fire going forward.

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. Due to some increased variable wind speeds yesterday, the Dunn Lake Fire grew slightly to the south and north – but there is still no immediate risk to structures. On the Thuya Lake fire, the containment lines to the west held through the winds. Both fires received airtanker action yesterday to reinforce the work our crews are doing to contain the fires.

The wildfires currently have 128 personnel assigned, 9 helicopters, 8 pieces of heavy equipment, two water tenders, and six structural protection personnel assigned to the Little Fort complex of wildfires. Contractors, including those from the local area, and crews from across Canada are working in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service in the Little Fort area.

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. Please note than a public access area restriction is in effect for the Little Fort complex wildfires.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has updated the evacuation order and alert, please refer to the TNRD for details. Regular updates are posted electronically to www.bcwildfire.ca under the “Current Wildfire Situation” tab, and then under “Wildfires of Note”, and listed with the Kamloops Fire Centre under the incident names.

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