Wildfire Update from BC Wildfire

Stefanie Poisson
Update from the BC Wildfire Service from Friday, July 14, 2017 at 8:17 AM
 
Thuya Lake Road (K20675)
 
Location: Near Thuya Lake Road, 4km southwest of Little Fort
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a interactive map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.
 
Discovered: Friday, July 07, 2017
 
Size: 450.0 hectares (estimated)
 
Status: Active
• 40% contained
 
Interface: Interface Interface Fire
At this time, the Thuya Lake Road fire has not affected structures.
 
Evacuation Order is in effect.
 
Evacuations alerts and orders are in effect in the area. Please visit the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s website for evacuation information, including the downgrading of the evacuation order to an alert for the Little Fort area as of July 11, 2017.
 
An area access restriction is now in effect for the areas around the fire in the interest of public and crew safety.
 
More information:
The Thuya Lake Road is one of several fires burning in the Little Fort area. The fire is currently primarily exhibiting Rank 1 and 2 fire behaviour, with some Rank 3, which ranges from smouldering ground fire to an open surface flame.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Smoke is thick is the surrounding area, hampering visibility to crews and aircraft.
 
Cause: Under Investigation
 
Resources
• 74 firefighters
• 9 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
74 firefighters, 1 response officer, 2 strike team leaders, 2 line locators, an Incident Management Team, 1 equipment group supervisor, 2 water tenders, 4 piece of heavy equipment, 9 helicopters with two heli-base coordination staff (shared with K20706).
Local fire departments and authorities are assisting the BC Wildfire Service with this fire.
 
An Incident Management Team has arrived to assume command of wildfire suppression operations.
 
Map & Photos: There are no maps or photos available for this fire.
Update from BC Wildfire Service, Friday, July 14, 2017 at 8:17 AM
 
West of Dunn Lake and North of Dunn Lake (K20666)
 
Location: 3km northeast of Little Fort
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a interactive map.
• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.
 
Discovered: Friday, July 07, 2017
 
Size: 1,400.0 hectares (estimated)
 
Status: Active
• 20% contained
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two wildfires near Dunn Lake. These fires are now called the Dunn Lake Fire (K20706) at a collective 1400 hectares (estimated). Poor visibility due to smoke has made it difficult to ascertain the fires’ perimeter.
 
Interface: Interface Interface Fire
Some structures are threatened, but no structures have been destroyed by this fire.
 
Evacuation Order is in effect.
 
Evacuations alerts and orders are in effect in the area. Further information can be obtained from the Thompson Nicola Regional District, including the downgrading of the evacuation order to an alert for the Little Fort area as of July 11, 2017.
 
An area access restriction is now in effect for the areas around the fire in the interest of public and crew safety.
 
More information:The Dunn Lake fire is part of the Little Fort Complex wildfires.
 
The Dunn Lake fire is currently primarily exhibiting Rank 1 and 2 fire behaviour, with some Rank 3, which ranges from smouldering ground fire to an open surface flame. At this time, there are no immediate threats to values and no structures have been destroyed.
 
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.
 
Smoke is thick is the surrounding area, hampering visibility to crews and aircraft.
 
Cause: Under Investigation
 
Resources
• 33 firefighters
• 9 helicopters
• 4 heavy equipment
33 firefighters, 1 response officer, 1 strike team leader, 9 helicopters with 2 heli-base coordination staff, (shared with K20675), 8 danger tree fallers, 4 pieces of heavy equipment, 3 water tenders, 6 structural protection unit personnel.
 
An Incident Management Team of has assumed command control of the fire.
 
Map & Photos: There are no maps or photos available for this fire.
 
 

No comments

Leave a Reply