BC Wildfire crews intend to craft action plans to combat the 10,000 hectare Meachen Creek blaze west of Kimberley.
This from Cranbrook Fire Zone wildfire officer Travis Abbey who spoke to a crowd of around 300 at Wednesday night’s information meeting in Kimberley.
The meeting in Kimberley featured presentations from BC Wildfire Service and Southeast Fire Centre personnel.
Abbey says initial efforts to attack the Meachen Creek blaze were halted when it rapidly grew due to heavy winds over the weekend, but has slowed down with a lack of wind the last few days.
“It comes into the Meachen drainage and its going 45 degrees up to the Alpine,” Abbey says. “But the point at the road hasn’t really changed in three days and its just kind of smouldering away and creeping around. Its kind of the best we can hope for at this point.”
Abbey adds it’s unsafe for crews to reach the fire from the ground because of it’s terrain and it’s not safe for aircraft to access.
65 properties near the area will remain on evacuation alert until the fire is fully contained.
Meanwhile, Abbey says crews have made good progress with containment efforts on the perimeter of the Lost Dog fires in the Ta Ta Creek area.
“We have solid containment on the north side and the down east side, which was basically our primary objective since Day One,” Abbey says. “Because any spread east or to the northeast was heading to Ta Ta Creek or Skookumchuck.”
He says evacuation alerts for 121 properties in the area will remain in effect until the fire is contained.
Nine properties outside of Radium are still under evacuation order and an evacuation alert for a single property near Yahk is still active.
– Travis Abbey, Wildfire Officer, Cranbrook Fire Zone
(Photos from Don McCormick / Facebook)