Wildfire near Westwold grows rapidly on Sunday – Vernon News – .

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Wildfire near Westwold grows rapidly on Sunday – Vernon News – .


UPDATE 6:55 p.m.

High temperatures and increased winds pushed the White Rock Lake wildfire to grow rapidly on Sunday.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is now estimated at 9,414 hectares and has not finished growing.

“BC Wildfire Service staff continue to work with industry partners on site to establish and strengthen guard lines and protect critical infrastructure. A structural protection specialist is on site, assessing and prioritizing critical infrastructure and properties, ”BCWS said earlier today.


ORIGINAL 7h15

More help arrives for the White Rock Lake wildfire that burns between Westwold and Merritt.

In a Saturday night update, the BC Wildfire Service says fire behavior increased in the Salmon Lake Road area yesterday.

Tankers were used to drop retardants in the area to reduce the activity of the fires. The fire also continued to move down the slope on the northern and northeastern flanks.

Ground crews continue to reinforce machine guard lines by removing fuel between guard and fire.

Meanwhile, a fire camp is set up at Salmon Lake Resort.

Around 100 firefighters and 13 support employees from Quebec will arrive at the Okanagan Complex today. They will remain in the camp and will be assigned to the White Rock fire. They will be briefed and oriented today and are expected to work on the blaze by Monday, the Forest Fire Department said.

On the ground, heavy equipment is used to build large open areas at regular intervals along guard lines. “Safe zones” provide crews and equipment with a safe place to take refuge should fire behavior suddenly increase.

A ground-based retarder unit reinforced guard lines on Saturday and four helicopters pumped water to cool and slow the spread of the fire.

The fire burned approximately 8,702 hectares and remains uncontrollable.



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