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Watching Creek blaze now held; TNRD lifts evacuation alert

Watching wildfire now held

UPDATE: 5:29 p.m.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has lifted an evacuation alert that was put in place due to the Watching Creek wildfire northwest of Kamloops.

The wildfire, estimated to be 270 hectares in size, was classified as being held on Tuesday morning. The BC Wildfire Service said the fire isn’t likely to spread beyond its containment lines due to suppression efforts undertaken by firefighting crews.

On 4 p.m. Tuesday, the TNRD gave the all-clear to an area located on the northwest edge of the Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area and stretching east, including Pass Lake, McQueen Lake and Isobel Lake.

McQueen Lake Environmental Education Centre is located within that area, which was previously under evacuation alert.

A map of the area given the all-clear can be found on the TNRD website.


UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.

A 270-hectare wildfire burning northwest of Kamloops is not expected to grow any further in size, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

BCWS officials reclassified the Watching Creek wildfire on Tuesday morning to “being held.”

“The wildfire is not likely to spread beyond determined containment lines due to the suppression carried out by the BC Wildfire Service,” the agency said in an update posted online just after 10:30 a.m.

“Crews will continue to work within the fire perimeter to fully extinguish areas of heat and flame where needed.”

Firefighters are working on mop up on all flanks of the fire, meaning they are hosing down hot spots and using hand tools to break up burning and smouldering material.

Helicopters are also assisting with bucketing.

The Watching Creek fire, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, was discovered on July 29. It is burning approximately nine kilometres north of Kamloops city limits at Tranquille. The blaze saw significant growth on Aug. 1, but has not grown since then.


ORIGINAL STORY: 10:08 a.m.

Crews working a 270-hectare wildfire burning northwest of Kamloops could see increased fire activity on Tuesday due to the hot and dry conditions in the forecast.

In an update posted online on Tuesday morning, the BC Wildfire Service said fire behaviour at the Watching Creek blaze remained low on Monday.

“The weather is expected to continue to be warm and dry today,” the update said. “There is potential for increased fire behaviour with the warming and drying trend.”

Environment Canada is calling for a high in Kamloops on Tuesday of 35 C with lots of sun.

The Watching Creek fire, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, was discovered on July 29. It is burning approximately nine kilometres north of Kamloops city limits at Tranquille. The blaze saw significant growth on Aug. 1, but has not grown since then.

As of Tuesday, 78 firefighters and four helicopters are working the Watching Creek fire, aided by two pieces of heavy equipment.



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