Several large fires continue to burn in the Shuswap area – Vernon News – .

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Several large fires continue to burn in the Shuswap area – Vernon News – .


Several forest fires continue to burn in the Shuswap area on Saturday.

The Two Mile Road forest fire has spread to the northeast, away from Sicamous, but Highway 97A continues to be closed between Sicamous and Grindrod.

The fire, now estimated at 1,000 hectares, exhibits Tier 2 behavior, which involves a visible open flame, but a slow rate of spread.

“Crews were successful in keeping the fire from reaching the highway corridor and are working hard to keep it away from the community,” the BC Wildfire Service said on Saturday morning. “Focus on the northwest section, securing the lines to prevent the fire from coming back down the slope towards the community. “

Fifty-eight firefighters and three helicopters are assigned to the blaze, although thick smoke brought the helicopters to a standstill on Saturday.

Nearly 1,000 inhabitants remain evacuated in the Sicamous area.

The Momich Lake fire, which burns near Adams Lake, reached an estimated 6,500 hectares. Currently, 40 pieces of heavy equipment are assigned to shooting, and additional air support is available if the sky becomes clear enough.

The Crazy Creek Gorge FSR wildfire burns an area of ​​1,700 hectares on Saturday.

Homes in the Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay areas are on evacuation alert, and the BCWS said a structural protection specialist is evaluating homes in the area.

Finally, the fire at Lake Hunakwa near Seymour Arm burned 2,700 hectares on Saturday. Heavy smoke in the area has hampered air support on the blaze for the past three days, but 14 firefighters are assigned to the blaze. Nearby, Seymour Arm is on evacuation alert, while some homes in the area have been evacuated.

“The BC Wildfire Service continues to work with industry as it brings in heavy equipment to widen roads and build containment lines around the community as a precaution,” the BCWS said on Saturday. “Five structural protection units are also on site. “

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