A planned ignition between the St Marys Lake area and the Meachen Creek wildfire west of Kimberley was successful over the weekend.
This as an incident management team from Ontario joined efforts to control the blaze responsible for evacuation alerts and orders in and around Kimberley.
Information Officer Melanie Morin says they conducted a controlled fire Sunday to burn off fuel between the blaze and the community.
“The planned ignition that we did was successful from all that we could see from the air and from what we have as reports on the ground,” Morin says. “Today, we will be returning to continue to solidify the area.”
Morin says another burn is planned Monday.
“There’s more planned for today depending on visibility,” Morin says. “We all know that smoke is definitely present in the area. Its limiting our flying ability and also our ability to conduct operations safely. That will be evaluated throughout the day.”
The Meachen blaze saw little growth over the weekend and is still estimated at nearly 7,000 hectares.
Two of the smaller fires in the Lost Dog complex north of Kimberley are being held and crews have reinforced control lines on critical flanks of the main blaze.
An evacuation order for 65 properties in the St Marys Lake area remains in effect.
Evacuation Alerts for the entire City of Kimberley, 121 properties in the Ta Ta Creek area and a single property near Yahk still stand.
Meanwhile, nine properties outside of Radium is still under an evacuation order.
– Information Officer Melanie Morin, Ontario Incident Management Team
(Pictured: a red sun behind the smoky skies above Kimberley.)