Mexican firefighters destined to help bolster crews battling the Nk’Mip wildfire

Mexican help for Nk’Mip

A crew of firefighters from Mexico could be on the fire lines in the South Okanagan by Monday.

A group of 100 arrived in B.C. Saturday and were greeted at the Abbotsford airport by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.

Many of them will be dispatched as quickly as possible, after COVID-19 testing, to assist BC Wildfire Service personnel who have been working to contain the Nk’Mip fire, north of Osoyoos.

"They arrived in Canada, and they’re making their way here this evening, hopefully,” said Fire Information Officer Taylor Coleman.

Coleman said there has not been significant growth on the fire since yesterday. It was listed at 6,800 hectares.

Structure protection work will continue today on the north and south sides. Several pieces of heavy machinery are working to build a machine guard to the east and near Shrike, and a unit crew of an additional 20 personnel arrived from Vanderhoof Saturday.

BCWS is also getting logistical help from Parks Canada, with a team from Banff National Park assigned to the Nk'Mip Information Team.

The Osoyoos Indian Band has downgraded an evacuation order to an evacuation alert for several properties.

A list of the impacted properties can be found here.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation alert for some properties in Electoral Area A, C and areas in the Town of Oliver. Evacuation orders have also been issued by the RDOS for other properties in Electoral Area A and C.

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has declared a State of Local Emergency.

For more information on areas affected by evacuation orders or alerts, click here.

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