The Keremeos Creek wildfire was described as active Friday evening, a BC Wildfire Service official told Global news Saturday morning.
Fire Information Officer Bryan Zandberg said the large fire appears to be growing northward, albeit slowly, although crews are trying to build containment lines to contain it.
“We don’t expect high winds today like we had the other day when we saw the strong growth,” Zandberg said. “But we’re looking at higher temperatures and lower humidity, so we’re expecting decent fire activity on the (fire line) again today.”
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In its Saturday morning update, BCWS said there were 260 wildland firefighters at the scene, along with 166 BC Fire Services structural protection personnel, 15 helicopters and 42 firefighters. heavy equipment.
“Night crews were challenged on the southern flank, north of Ollala, with some scouting,” BCWS said.
“They were able to activate it, then perform manual ignitions to solidify their lines and wedge the fire on the rocky cliff north of the village. There was no fire damage to the structures overnight.
BCWS says its forecast for Saturday includes a strong upper ridge, sunny skies and a daily high of around 26C, along with light north to northeast winds.
The current size of the fire is 5,903 hectares and is one of the largest wildfires in the province.
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“It’s still growing,” Zandberg said of the fire. “We had significant growth the other day towards Olalla, and that really led to the recommendation from the Wildfire Service to evacuate (Olalla). And that’s what happened.
The largest fire in British Columbia is burning near the Yukon border, and its latest estimate is 11,067 hectares. This light is deemed to be held.
Meanwhile, the BCWS says they answer many questions about water bombers, given the rugged Okanagan terrain.
Noting that BCWS “does an awful lot through the air,” Zandberg said that “sometimes we feel like people think aerial bombers are a magic wand. They’re not. They’re just part of our toolkit. to tools.
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He went on to say, “We used air support, flame retardant drops when things got quite spicy. It was a few days ago now, and it was really to support some ground crews who were in very high places where it was very hot.
Zandberg said BCWS is doing a lot with ground crews and helicopters, “and we continue to add to our contingent of firefighting helicopters.”
Asked about evacuation orders and alerts, Zandberg recommends affected residents closely monitor the RDOS website for potential updates.
“We are doing our best to not have any more alerts or orders for people,” Zandberg said, adding that some areas where the fire started have cooled considerably. “We are also doing our best to get people home as soon as possible.”
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