BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is currently assessing the Meachen Creek Wildfire area for potential planned ignition operations to support containment lines.
Planned ignition operations will take place when conditions allow, but are expected to happen Sunday afternoon.
“Conducting planned ignition operations strengthens our containment lines” says Travis Abbey, BCWS Incident Commander. “However, they will only happen in ideal conditions.”
Those in Kimberley and the surrounding areas can expect to see increased smoke during times of ignition.
There was no change or concern with the Meachen Creek Wildfire Friday night. More resources are expected to arrive in the coming days including an Incident Management Team. Crews continue to build guard Saturday with the aid of heavy equipment and air support.
An Information Line remains set up at 250-426-2188 or toll free 1-855-346-2188 and information is available on the RDEK’s website at: www.rdek.bc.ca.
– From the Regional District of East Kootenay
(Pictured: Barricade established at perimeter of evacuated St Mary Lake area. Kimberley residents can still access Kimberley Riverside Campground on St Mary Lake Road)