Wildfire west of Cache Creek now classified as under control, BCWS says

Maria Creek under control

The Maria Creek wildfire, burning west of Cache Creek, is now classified as under control.

According to the BCWS, a wildfire is classified as under control when suppression efforts have ensured the wildfire won’t spread any further.

Shaelee Stearns, BCWS fire information officer, said crews are still in the area, located northeast of Pavilion, working on patrolling and mop up.

“They're continuing to patrol hotspots that were that were found when we did a scan with some aerial resources. And they're patrolling the guard and working on those hotspots and putting them out,” Stearns said.

“They're also working on extinguishing some spots within 100 feet of the fire’s perimeter. So that's looking at the fire perimeter and then working inwards to make sure all that is completely mopped up.”

Stearns said crews are demobilizing extra gear that is no longer needed so it can be moved to other places if need be.

The Maria Creek wildfire spread to about 997 hectares in size after being sparked by lightning on July 31. The blaze burned largely within old cut blocks, in a remote location away from communities.

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