Wildfire Keremeos Creek Moves Closer to Highway 3A, Crews Build Control Line – Penticton News

UPDATE: 09:57 o’clock

BC Wildfire Service said the Keremeos Creek fire moved down the escarpment closer to Highway 3A on the south side of Yellow Lake in their Tuesday morning update.

Mapping estimated the wildfire Monday evening at 2,790 hectares. Part of the fire was not visible before due to smoke development.

The fire service is building a control line along the highway.

“This will limit growth and allow crews to safely access containment lines,” BCWS said.

Airtankers were able to do two passes with retarder on Monday evening, but were unable to continue due to crosswinds. BCWS crew and structural protection were stationed overnight.

Planned detonations are expected on the east flank in the next 24 hours.

The cause of this wildfire is currently being investigated.

A total of eight helicopters, four heavy equipment and an additional 115 structural protection personnel from fire departments in BC for a total crew of 229 firefighters.

Additional crews are building control lines from Green Mountain Road to the west and preparing Cedar Creek Road for potential fire operations. A full review of the hazard tree and traps along Green Mountain Road.


ORIGINAL: 6:38 AM

Cooler temperatures this week are expected to help fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire burning near Apex Mountain.

“With the inversion and cooler temperatures for the next two to three days, crews will use these conditions to their advantage,” the BC Wildfire Service said in a Monday evening update.

The fire has set an estimated 2,790 hectares on fire.

Crews and structure protection units stayed on site overnight.

Structural protection has deployed resources to homes and infrastructure where appropriate, and triage of additional sites will continue as needed.

“Crews are actively building emergency lines on the south side of the ravine on Sheep Creek Road. Crews are building handlines south of Green Mountain Road across to Highway 3. And crews are also working along Green Mountain Road,” the BCWS says.

As temperatures are expected to continue to cool in the coming days, crews will use these conditions to their advantage.

Meanwhile, the fire grows on steep, inaccessible terrain.

Crews are building emergency lines while continuing to focus their efforts on areas impacting residents; supporting structure protection.

“Many of the wildfires are on terrain unusable for supporting air tankers and heavy machinery; however, the fire has moved to an area in the west that is accessible for heavy equipment use. Heavy equipment is being used to build the line in Sheep Creek, protecting values.”

Hedley-Nickel Plate Road and Green Mountain Road are both closed in the fire zone.

A total of 144 firefighters were deployed in the fire, supported by nine helicopters and four heavy equipment.

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