Sophie Carrigan Gray, Local Journalism Initiative reporter / Osoyoos Times – August 25, 2020 / 2:11 p.m. | History: 308902
Fire crews are gaining ground on the Palmer Lake wildfire which is now reportedly 49% contained.
Crews continue to fight the fire discovered on August 18, trying to establish a controlled perimeter.
The fire subsided overnight and is now reduced to 17,735 acres and is located about 15 kilometers south of the Canadian border, according to maps provided by firefighters.
Cold winds overnight Monday worried firefighters, threatening to cross established perimeters. The crews were able to contain the fire despite the winds.
Controlled burns take place around the exterior of the fire to provide a buffer zone free of flammable materials to contain the spread of the fire. Crews also use planes to drop fire retardants and ignite to further secure the perimeter, fire officials say.
“Firefighters have made significant progress (Sunday),” the Northwest 6 incident management team said in a written statement. “Over the next few days, the focus will be on cleaning up and securing a 300 foot radius around structures in the fire zone.”
More than 500 staff continue to work on the fire. Evacuation orders remain in effect for two areas while evacuation alerts are in effect for two other areas near the towns of Oroville and Loomis.
The City of Osoyoos Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor the situation. The EOC is in regular contact with firefighters on both sides of the border to keep abreast of developments.
A virtual public meeting will be hosted by Washington State fire officials at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25 via the Okanogan County Emergency Management Facebook page to allow the incident management team to pose. questions and give a short presentation.