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BC Wildfires 2021  

Evacuation order and alert downgraded for homes near Tremont wildfire

Alert, order downgraded

UPDATE: 7:15 a.m.

Some evacuation orders and alerts have been downgraded for homes near the Tremont Creek wildfire burning near Ashcroft.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded 60 properties in Walhachin from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert:

  • 3565 Anglesey Ranch Rd;
  • 156 to 172 Barclay St;
  • 4221 to 4225 Bass St;
  • 4336 to 4372 Central Ave;
  • 4208 Collins St;
  • 1425 Evans Rd;
  • 4309 to 4323 Newbold Rd;
  • 4373 Railroad Ave;
  • 120 to 148 Thompson Cres;
  • 4236 to 4529 Walhachin Rd;
  • 40 to 100 Walhachin Station Rd;
  • 4308 to 4315 Wilkinson St; and
  • any other properties located within the area noted on the attached map.

In addition, an evacuation alert has been rescinded to an all clear for following 173 properties in Thompson River Estates and Semlin Valley:

  • 6141 to 6872 Ashcroft Rd;
  • 1352 and 1353 Bale Rd;
  • 1400 Coyote Valley Rd;
  • 1304 to 1341 Dogwood Rd;
  • 528 to 1080 Hwy 97C;
  • 1057 to 1269 Kozy Rd;
  • 6272 to 6753 Pinecrest Dr;
  • 1324 to 1337 Pinecrest Pl;
  • 1415 and 1416 Ranch Rd;
  • 210 to 361 Rattlesnake Rd;
  • 6740 Spur Rd;
  • 1496 to 1560 Steelhead Rd;
  • 6100 to 6272 Sundown Rd;
  • 1260 and 1264 Thompson Crt;
  • 1269 to 6989 Thompson River Dr;
  • 1698 to 6945 Trans-Canada Hwy
  • 6711 to 6873 Valley Rd;
  • 1244 to 1380 Walhachin Rd

The TNRD notes that Savona remains on alert.

UPDATE: 6:50 a.m.

DriveBC advises Highway 97C has reopened near Ashcroft, however limited visibility remains due to the wildfire burning in the area.

The situation is expected to be updated as conditions change.


ORIGINAL: 6:20 a.m.

A wildfire burning near Ashcroft has closed Highway 97C.

DriveBC advises the highway has been closed due to heavy smoke and wildfire activity at the Tremont Creek wildfire.

The closure follows a travel advisory issued overnight.

The closure is between Highland Valley Copper Mine and Mesa Vista Drive. An estimated time of reopening is not available.

Detour via Highway 1 heading east towards Kamloops.

In a Monday night update, the BC Wildfire Service says the fire has burned an estimated 12,061 hectares and remains out of control.

There continued to be significant fire behaviour on Monday, driven by high winds and high temperatures on the southern flank of the fire.

Crews were forced to pull back to safety zones and will continue to work on containment when safe to do so. Due to smoky conditions over the fire, getting an updated perimeter continues to be a challenge.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for the Village of Ashcroft, Ashcroft and Oregon Jack Creek Indian Bands, and and homes in Thompson-Nicola Regional District Electoral Area I (Blue Sky Country).

An evacuation alert is in place for properties in Electoral Area J (Copper Desert Country).

Sixty firefighters are assigned to the blaze, supported by seven helicopters and 34 pieces of heavy equipment.



Wildfire service expands area restriction at Octopus fire near Fauquier

Area closure broadens

An area restriction in effect for the Octopus Creek wildfire near Fauquier has been widened.

The restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place, the BC Wildfire Service said in an update Monday night.

The orders apply to Crown land from the bottom of Van Houten Creek following Van Houten Creek to Mista
Peak, then following the height of land north through Mount Shardelow, Hilda Peak to Mount McBride, then down Heart Creek to Lower Arrow Lake. Finally, south along the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake.

Failure to comply with the restrictions may result in a violation ticket of $1,150.

As of Monday night, the fire was estimated to have burned 14,238 hectares.

Fire behaviour remained fairly low due to lessening winds and the cooler temperatures from smoke blocking the sun.

Crews are focusing on establishing and reinforcing containment lines in priority areas.

On the north flank, firefighters are attempting to shift the wildfire upslope into the alpine and away from the community.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the vicinity of the fire.



Garrison Lake fire runs north, grows to 2,400 hectares

Fire runs north into timber

A fire burning just outside Manning Park and threatening the community of Eastgate is running north, away from homes and into open timber.

The Garrison Lake fire has now grown to 2,400 hectares in size, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

“The increase in size is due to the fire taking a run to the north in open timber types. Further growth is expected on this fire which is dependent on the weather, in particular the wind,” BCWS said in a brief statement.

The blaze has prompted evacuation alerts for 141 properties in Eastgate and evacuation orders for two properties outside the small community.

At this point, the BC Wildfire Service does not have boots on the ground fighting the fire.

“This fire is being monitored with aerial resources and industry partners are working with heavy equipment to action the fire,” BCWS said.



'Minimal' growth at fire near Brenda Mines, activity expected to increase

'Minimal' growth at Brenda

There has been minimal growth at a large wildfire near the old Brenda Mines site off Highway 97C.

In an update late Monday night, the BC Wildfire Service said despite an increase in fire behaviour during the afternoon afternoon, the Brenda Creek fire did not grow much. The fire has been moving east in recent days and remains estimated at 824 hectares.

BC Hydro’s only link to West Kelowna remains within the fire perimeter, but crews are in mop up mode under sections of the transmission line and working on containment along the north and east flanks.

A high-volume water delivery system that was deployed to protect the transmission lines has now been demobilized due to decreased risk of fire in the area.

Five firefighters stayed on overnight to monitor the fire and protect high-value assets.

Despite the good news over the past couple of days, crews are expected to be challenged this week.

“An increase in fire activity is still expected in the coming days as hot, dry and windy conditions will persist. No precipitation is anticipated in the near future. These conditions will continue to challenge fire suppression efforts,” BCWS said.

Fifty-one firefighters, four helicopters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment are assigned to the fire. They are supported by 32 additional staff, including a BCWS incident management team.



Crews conducting controlled burns near wildfire outside 100 Mile House

Flat Lake controlled burns

UPDATE: 7:04 p.m.

Crews working the Flat Lake fire near 100 Mile House were set to spark a series of controlled burns on Monday evening, after gusty winds scuttled similar previous plans.

In an update just before 5 p.m., the BC Wildfire Service said the burns were slated to get underway soon.

Residents in the area were told to expect smoke.


ORIGINAL STORY: 9:46 a.m.

Winds forced crews to call off a series of controlled burns on Sunday near 100 Mile House, where an aggressive wildfire continues to threaten hundreds of homes.

The Flat Lake fire is burning southwest of 100 Mile House, covering an estimated 32,194 hectares.

Firefighters had been planning to conduct a series of controlled burns on the west corner of the massive blaze on Sunday. They were cancelled due to wind, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Fifteen helicopters are aiding more than 90 firefighters on the ground, as well as 51 pieces of heavy equipment and another 21 structural protection personnel.

The Flat Lake fire was caused by lightning, according to the BC Wildfire Service. According to the agency's mapping data, the fire's perimeter is about 10 kilometres southwest of 100 Mile House municipal limits.

The District of 100 Mile House remains on evacuation alert due to the Flat Lake fire, as do a number of nearby rural areas. Multiple evacuation orders are also in effect. (For more on those, click here.)



Ash from White Rock Lake fire falls on Kamloops as new evacuation alerts issued around the fire

Smoke engulfs Kamloops

Ash is beginning to fall on some parts of Kamloops.

The ash, and dark brown smoke enveloping the city, is believed to be from the White Rock Lake fire, burning near Westwold, southeast of the city.

The wildfire, discovered two weeks ago, has grown to 12,500 hectares in size.

A new evacuation alert for the south-west corner of Columbia Shuswap Regional District Electoral Area D was issued Monday evening.It includes Will Lake and the west end of Pinaus Lake.

Affected addresses include: 6439, 6445, 6453, 6491, 6493, 6495, 6497, 6567, 6575, and 6633 Pinaus Lake Forest Service Road.

Evacuation orders for several properties within Area L and evacuation alerts for properties in Area L and M have been issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

On its wildfires of note page, the BC Wildfire Service says fire behaviour did increase significantly Sunday due to elevated temperatures and increased winds.

"This aggressive fire behaviour caused growth to the northwest in the Sawmill Lake and Jimmy Lake areas, and produced a large column of smoke. This elevated behaviour is occurring again this morning in the same areas. Extensive smoke and more growth is occurring.

"This increased fire activity is expected to continue in the coming days as hot, dry and windy conditions will persist. No precipitation is anticipated in the near future. These conditions will continue to challenge fire suppression efforts and cause additional growth on this fire."



Lytton Creek wildfire hits 40,000 hectares, has jumped Nicola River at multiple points

Lytton fire eclipses 40k ha.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service has published a new perimeter map of the massive Lytton Creek wildfire.

The mapping indicates the fire's estimated size has now cracked 40,000 hectares. The blaze also appears to have jumped the Nicola River and Highway 8 at three locations and burned right up to the south shore of the Thompson River across from Spences Bridge.

"The main body of the fire remains on the west side of the Nicola River where ground crews have successfully been utilizing hand ignitions to control the spread of the fire towards the river. Heavy equipment is working to establish a contingency guard on the southeast flank of the fire," BCWS said Monday afternoon

"Personnel are working on the flank of the fire along Highway 1 today near Spences Bridge and continuing south towards Nicomen. These crews will also be engaged in direct attack with additional helicopter support, and we be utilizing hand ignitions to control fire spread towards Spences Bridge and the Highway. Controlled ignitions are often being utilized throughout the evening when conditions are optimal."


UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.

Evacuation alerts in the area of Gladwin Mobile Home Park and Jade Springs have been rescinded, according to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

The all-clear was sent out by the TNRD on Monday morning for properties from 1144 Trans Canada Highway to 1820 Trans Canada Highway and 2256 Trans Canada Highway.

“The threat of wildfire in the area no longer poses an imminent risk to the safety of residents,” the TNRD said.

A full list and map of the areas where alerts have been rescinded can be found on the TNRD website.

The Lytton Creek wildfire is now estimated at 37,452 hectares in size, and continues to challenge crews on the northeast flank, near Highway 8.


ORIGINAL: 10:31 a.m.

Highway 8 remains closed as crews battle the Lytton Creek Fire, now estimated at 37,452 hectares in size according to new mapping from the BC Wildfire Service.

The BC Wildfire Service said crews occasionally have poor visibility due to smoke, which has impacted the agency's ability to update fire perimeters.

Persistent hot and dry conditions and strong winds also continue to challenge firefighting personnel.

“Wildfire activity continues to be expected to increase in the afternoons in some sections of the fire,” the BC Wildfire Service said.

In an update Sunday, the BC Wildfire Service said crews have made good progress on a 50-hectare spot fire that crossed Highway 8 on the northeast flank of the blaze. A hose lay has been placed around the perimeter, and helicopters and ground crews continued to work in this area.

“Heavy equipment is working to establish a contingency guard to the northeast of the spot fire. Hand ignitions have been successful in controlling fire spread on the west side of the Nicola River,” the agency said.

BC Wildfire Service said as of Sunday evening, the fire continues to grow towards Spences Bridge, which has been under evacuation order since Thursday. The agency's mapping data shows the fire's perimeter is within one kilometre of the community.

Crews are staying overnight to monitor the blaze, using small hand ignitions to control the progress of the fire. Helicopters are also bucketing this area of the fire.

Helicopters are also assisting in the Botanie Valley area, where the fire is burning in steep and rocky terrain, challenging control lines.

A number of evacuation orders and alerts have been issued for homes in the area. More information on impacted properties can be found on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District website.



Recreation site ordered evacuated near Thomas Creek wildfire

Recreation site evacuated

UPDATE 6 p.m.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has issued evacuation orders for the Allendale Lake area due to the Thomas Creek wildfire outside Okanagan Falls.

The order impacts eight Crown lots and a recreation site in a wilderness area off Shuttleworth Creek Road. A full list of the evacuated lots and a map is here.

The regional district has also issued a local state of emergency in Electoral Area D due to the fire.

“Crews and equipment will continue to work to the north and east of the fire to create and reinforce guard lines using existing roads, old fire guards and other natural features. This is being done in an effort to get ahead of the fire in the north and northeast sections,” BCWS said in a statement Monday.

The fire is burning away from Okanagan Falls and towards Christie Mountain, the site of a massive wildfire in 2020, which has reduced the fuel available to the blaze.


ORIGINAL 7:10 a.m.

Fire behaviour increased significantly Sunday at the Thomas Creek wildfire south of Penticton, particularly in the north and northeast, causing significant growth.

In a Sunday night update, the BC Wildfire Service says increased fire activity is expected to continue as hot, dry and windy conditions persist.

Crews and equipment will continue to work in the Christie Mountain area to create and reinforce guard lines using existing roads, old fire guards and other natural features. This is being done in an effort to get ahead of the fire in the north and northeast sections.

Crews patrolled the guard line on the west flank Sunday and began to demobilize equipment from reinforced guard lines in the area as fire activity was relatively quiet.

Heavy equipment is being used to build contingency guard lines to the east of the fire.

Crews have secured the 201 Road up to the 13-kilometre mark by assessing and removing danger trees that were in striking distance of the road to ensure safe access for crews and equipment. The northeast portion of the road was unsafe Sunday due to heightened fire activity.

Wildfire service and Canadian Armed Forces crews will do a recce of the fire this morning to determine suitable objectives. Ninety military personnel will be working on the fire by Tuesday morning.

The fire is estimated to have burned 7,279 hectares and remains out of control.



RDNO and TNRD orders properties near Westwold to evacuate due to nearby wildfire

Evac orders near Westwold


UPDATE 4:57 p.m.

Due to the potential danger to life and health, and a large number of recreation sites within the proximity of Pinaus Lake and Bouleau Lake, the Regional District of North Okanagan has issued an evacuation alert for the following areas:

  • North and east of, and including Pinaus Lake – running south to include Bouleau Lake.
  • East and south of Bouleau Lake – running west to the Thompson Nicola Regional District evacuation alert and order (South and parallel to Salmon River Fire Service Road)
  • This area could include egress routes from the backcountry within the mapped area.

UPDATE: 4:17 p.m.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued evacuation orders for three properties near Westwold due to the fast-moving White Rock Lake fire burning nearby.

The order was made just after 4 p.m. on Monday. No addresses were listed by the TNRD, only a map.

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.


ORIGINAL STORY: 6:55 a.m.

Fire behaviour increased significantly Sunday at the White Rock Lake wildfire burning between Westwold and Merritt due to elevated temperatures and increased southwest winds.

The fire has grown to an estimated 12,500 hectares and continues to burn out of control.

Aggressive fire behaviour caused growth in the Sawmill Lake and Jimmy Lake areas, and produced a large column of smoke.

Increased fire activity is expected to continue as hot, dry and windy conditions are forecast to persist.

More structural protection units have been requested, and a task force of fire engines will be patrolling and actioning hotspots in an effort to protect properties and high-value assets, the BC Wildfire Service said in a Sunday night update.

Heavy equipment is being used to construct large, cleared areas at regular intervals along the guard lines as "safe zones" for crews to take shelter if fire behaviour should suddenly increase.

Airtankers may be used today to apply retardant, if conditions allow. A ground-based retardant unit is also being used to reinforce guard lines.

Six helicopters were bucketing water on the fire Sunday.

Planning of contingency lines continues.

Evacuation orders and alerts remain in place.

One hundred firefighters and 12 support staff from Quebec arrived on Sunday and will be staying at the Salmon Lake Resort fire camp. They will begin working on the fire today.



Wildfire burning near Ashcroft showing 'intense fire behaviour' on southern flank

Tremont 'intense' to south

A wildfire threatening hundreds of homes in the Ashcroft area is showing aggressive fire behaviour on Monday, officials say.

The Tremont Creek fire is burning between Ashcroft and Walhachin. It covers an estimated 12,061 hectares as of Monday afternoon.

BC Wildfire Service fire information officer Forrest Tower said the intense activity has been on the south side of the fire’s perimeter.

“It’s very active on the southern flank right now,” Tower told Castanet.

“The entire southern flank basically is where we’re seeing fire activity. We had to pull our crews back to safety zones a bit earlier today.”

Tower said warm and clear conditions are making for increased fire activity, and temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week, reaching 37 C by the weekend.

“With the smoke clearing and the higher temperatures, we’re just seeing it kind of getting back up into that pretty intense fire behaviour,” he said.

“All along the north of the fire, from Barnes Lake around to the eastern side, it’s not active at all. It’s just kind of from Barnes Lake south around that entire perimeter is what is still pretty active.”

Last week, the Tremont Creek fire was very active to the north and northeast, pushing toward Walhachin.

Tower said crews will continue to work on guards to the south of the blaze.

“They’re doing what they can to build machine guard around it,” he said.

“It really is just kind of corralling the fire where we would like it to go at this point. We’re not really direct attacking it like we have the last few days.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.



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