Wildfire update – smoke persists;second info meeting tomorrow in Grand Forks and Christina Lake

Stickpin wildfire information meeting on Wednesday (Aug. 26) in GF and CL.

  • Tue Aug 25th, 2015 2:00pm
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Wildfire report (Aug. 25 8:45am):

Stickpin fire information meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26:

Grand Forks @ 6pm at Grand Forks Secondary School

Christina Lake @ 8pm at Christina Lake Community Hall

 

Stickpin fire:

The stickpin fire is now at 19,244 Hectares (Ha) and is 15 per cent contained.

Firelines on the western edge are holding. Crews continue to strengthen the lines. On the southern perimeter, dozer lines are being constructed but are indirect.

On Monday, 33 BC wildfire service firefighters and three officers began fire suppression activites on the strickpin wildfire in Washington state. They are responsible for Branch 3, also known as the Canadian branch, on the northeast portion of the fire. Objectives include developing situational and operational awareness for the first days on the fire, identifying fire lines and determining strategies and tactics moving forward.

Smokey conditions in the area are limiting aircraft and ground crew operations.

The stickpin fire is 5 kilometres from the Canadian border at its northern most point.

 

Paulson Pass:

The fire at Paulson Pass, approximately 15 kilometres northeast of Christina Lake, is at 300 Ha and is 80 per cent contained and crews continue to mop up on the western and north flanks. The fire remains highly visible from Highway 3.

 

Lynch Creek:

The fire at Lynch Creek, 25 km north of Grand Forks, is at 250 Ha and is 10 per cent contains. Crews have been working on containment of the east flank. The fire is not threatening any structures or communities; however, smoke from the fire is visible to the residents in the North Fork area.

 

Rock Creek:

The Rock Creek wildfire is 75 per cent contained and is 4,534 Ha. The RDKB has completed an assessment of damage in the area and has confirmed that 30 homes and an additional 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed. There is an evacuation alert in effect. It has been downgraded from an evacuation order.

 

Stickpin, Paulson and Lynch Creek are lightning-caused, while the Rock Creek fire is still under investigation but thought to be human-caused.