Crews witnessed minimal fire growth on the Westside Road wildfire today due to the efforts of BC Wildfire Service personnel and support from local fire department crews. This fire is now estimated at 460 hectares in size.
“While fire behaviour was a smouldering ground fire for most of (Wednesday), crews did experience an increase in activity along the southern flank of the fire throughout the afternoon. This came as a result of higher temperatures and north-westerly winds pushing growth to the south,” said Melissa Klassen, Fire Information Officer, in a press release.
“Airtankers responded to slow the rate of spread along the southern portion of the fire, where fire activity included open flame and some trees candling. Three helicopters also assisted ground crews in this region, bucketing pockets of active fire.”
More than 60 firefighters are assigned to this incident, along with one piece of heavy equipment and three water tenders. Objectives for the tomorrow include reinforcing the retardant lines along the southern and northern flanks of the fire, in addition to mopping up the area along Westside Road.
This fire still has the potential to display aggressive fire behaviour. The Evacuation Order, issued by the Central Okanagan Regional District, remains in place. More information is available at: www.cordemergency.ca
BC Wildfire Service crews, industry partners and local fire departments have been working tirelessly on this incident. The BC Wildfire Service is urging caution in the backcountry as all human-caused fires are preventable, and all resources are needed to respond to naturally occurring fires. This fire is believed to be lightning-caused.
To report smoke, flames or an unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.
For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.