Wildfire Update: LITTLE FORT COMPLEX: INFORMATION UPDATE WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
LITTLE FORT COMPLEX: INFORMATION UPDATE WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017
The three wildfires known as the Little Fort Complex (K20675, K20666, K20706) in the Little Fort area still are estimated at a collective 1,300 hectares. Poor visibility due to smoke continues to hinder efforts to accurately ascertain the fires’ size.
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 minimal fire growth, there are still no immediate threats to values and no structures have been destroyed.
BC Wildfire Service has 126 firefighters, two response officers, two line locators, 6 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, 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. 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. Please note than a public access area restriction is in effect for the Little Fort complex wildfires. It is important that members of the public obey the evacuation orders, road closures and prohibited access areas for safety purposes.
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.