BC Hydro monitors large fire that burns near transmission line – .

BC Hydro monitors large fire that burns near transmission line – .

Emergency operations officials in British Columbia say a survey of power lines in the central Okanagan revealed no damage from the raging wildfires, but warn residents must be ready for possible power cuts.

A central Okanagan emergency operations press release says BC Hydro conducted aerial surveillance of its transmission infrastructure earlier Saturday and found no damage, which could change at any time.

He says people should have an emergency kit ready with things like a flashlight and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods, and have a preparedness plan.

The BC Wildfire Service said there were more than 300 fires in the province, including two large ones in the Okanagan.

The Brenda Creek wildfire in the central Okanagan remains an estimated 500 hectares and is still classified as out of control.

BC Hydro spokesman Kevin Aquino said in an email that the Brenda Creek fire was burning along a right-of-way for its transmission line that serves the city of West Kelowna, but no serious damage has been done. was observed during the flyby on Saturday.

“We continue to work with BC Wildfire to protect the transmission line, and crews are on standby and ready to respond at any time,” Aquino wrote.

Aquino noted that crews perform regular maintenance, such as inspecting trees growing near its infrastructure and replacing aging utility poles. He said maintenance also includes spraying fire retardants on poles most vulnerable to forest fires.

Fortis BC, an electricity and natural gas supplier, is also warning people to prepare for possible service disruptions due to wildfires.

Central Okanagan emergency officials are directing people and businesses to Interior Health’s website for guidance on protecting food in the event of a power outage.

The province’s transportation ministry said on Saturday that the forest fires were affecting travel and the ministry warned not to travel to areas on evacuation alert.

While this may seem like obvious advice, the Caribou Regional District Emergency Operations Center has indicated on social media that it is in fact avoiding posting all the locations of roadblocks “in the hopes of preventing bad people to snoop around. “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 17, 2021.


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