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Rain slows fire activity at Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire, but heavy smoke impacts air support

Near zero visibility

UPDATE 3:57 p.m.

Mother Nature gave firefighters a helping hand with the Crazy Creel Gorge fire.

A post on the Emergency Shuswap Services Facebook page said rain earlier this week along with higher humidity helped settle fire behaviour.

“This is providing a window for BCWS to try and get on site to plan for structure protection, guards and other firefighting efforts,” said the post. “This fire is burning in extremely difficult terrain and there is heavy smoke. This is making it very challenging to assure the safety of any fire personnel. It is also limiting the ability of BCWS to get equipment and ground crews in place.”


ORIGINAL 6:21 A.M.

Thick smoke and almost zero visibility continues to impact aerial operations at the Crazy Creek Gorge wildfire north of Malakwa.

On Monday, the BC Wildfire Service reported fire behaviour remains aggressive, although rainfall has helped to dampen down activity.

Due to the thick smoke, BCWS has been unable to map the fire perimeter and is utilizing satellite imagery to determine fire size and growth patterns.

The fire was last mapped at 2,446 hectares and continues to burn out of control.

The fire is sitting high on the north-facing slope in a remote location and has been demonstrating Rank 4 Rank 5 behaviour.

An evacuation order remains in place for Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay.

The wildfire service is mobilizing heavy equipment with industry contractors today.

Residents should be aware of heavy equipment on the Wilson and Anesty forest service roads.

A structural protection specialist is utilizing local waterworks infrastructure in Queest and Pete Martin Bay.



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