Fire advance toward Fauquier has slowed

Octopus fire at 11k hectares

The Octopus Creek fire near Fauquier has grown to more than 11,000 hectares.

On July 21 the fire was estimated to be 3,192 hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service said the increased size is due to a recent wind event and merging with a smaller fire.

Crews are working to establish a guard line around the Kootenay community of Fauquier and are focusing on establishing containment in priority areas.

“The fire's advance towards the town of Fauquier has slowed compared to previous days,” said a statement on the BCWS website.

A fire team from Alberta is forming at the Arrow Lake Complex and will be managing the wildfire, which will allow for resources to be shared amongst three wildfires, including Michaud Creek and Renata Creek.

The fire is being actioned by 21 firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment.

“Ground crews and an industry-led strike team continues to establish control lines around the town of Fauquier. Structure protection specialists have mobilized structure protection units to the town of Fauquier and a mass water delivery system is now on location,” the BCWS said.

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