Forest fire burns east of Vernon on Saturday, tankers hit hard – Vernon News – .

Forest fire burns east of Vernon on Saturday, tankers hit hard – Vernon News – .

UPDATE: 3:05 p.m.

The lower flank of the Becker Lake blaze appears to be calming down a bit on Saturday afternoon, as a water bomber and fire-retardant tanker continue to strike the blaze.

Jon Manchester of Castanet says the fire appears to be moving slowly northeast, away from homes.

As a helicopter dried up the blaze earlier, it appears the tanker and water bomber are now doing most of the work on the blaze.

The planes appear to be focusing their efforts on the southern flank of the blaze, likely to build a guard for houses in the Uplands neighborhood of Coldstream.

UPDATE: 2:10 p.m.

A tanker plane and a bird dog are now at the scene of the Becker Lake forest fire on Saturday, to provide additional air support in the fight against the blaze.

The fire appears to be growing rapidly on Vernon Mountain, just below Becker Lake.

The BC Swan Lake Fire Department and RCMP have closed Pottery Road to Bodwell Road, but the BC Wildfire Service said no evacuation alerts or orders have yet been in place for the area.

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m.

The new wildfire on Vernon Mountain is burning about 500 meters above a number of homes on Saturday afternoon, and it appears to be growing rapidly.

A constant breeze is blowing in the area and a helicopter is bringing down the fire. The helicopter pilot requested additional air support from the tankers.

In a recent Twitter post, the BC Wildfire Service says the Becker Lake wildfire is currently estimated at one hectare and is burning uncontrollably, but firefighters communicating on the fire scanner say it has already reaches five hectares, and it displays rank 3 and 4 behavior.

Four BCWS firefighters and two helicopters are en route to the blaze, along with tankers.

No houses would be located above the fire, but people would camp at Becker Lake, above the fire. No evacuation alert or order is in place at this time.

ORIGINAL : 13h20

While Friday night’s wildfire is still smoldering south of Vernon, a new fire has broken out east of town.

Photos from the scene show thick smoke among the trees above Route 6.

A witness said a helicopter was already dropping water on the fire, but she saw trees light up.

Castanet has a reporter on the scene, and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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