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Posted on: July 29, 2021
[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Fire Situation - July 29 - 17:15 Hours
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Evening update - 17:15 Hours
White Rock Lake
- The fire behaviour continues to be aggressive, with activity on all fronts of the fire.
- The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is having difficulty getting accurate mapping on the fire because aircraft have been grounded due to smoke blocking visibility.
- Work continues on fire guards in many areas of the fire including the guard along the Salmon River Forest Service Road.
- Structural Protection Units are set up targeting the Falkland and Westwold areas, and to provide protection for the Highway 97 Connector.
- Weather forecasts are concerning due to the potential for wind and lightning.
Two Mile Fire
- The fire is now estimated at 1,200 hectares, however, BC Wildfire is noting that this is a very rough estimate, as aircraft has been unable to fly the perimeter.
- Crews are working to expand the fire guards, with 35 firefighters working on the fire.
- A previously constructed guard that held overnight and crews hope to enhance that guard today.
- The Structure Protection Unit has strategically placed sprinklers in the area and those sprinkler lines were also not breeched overnight.
- New estimate of fire size is 2,700 hectares.
- There is no change to the current Evacuation Order and Alert. The Evacuation Alert and Order status is being evaluated regularly.
- BCWS is working with Federate Co-op and Louisiana Pacific on widening roads as fire guards.
- Fire spreading south, mostly in the direction away from the community of Seymour Arm, but activity is increasing to the east as well. Overnight, the fire did not make a real advance towards the southern guards.
- BCWS is paying close attention to the progress of the fire and are looking for opportunities to get aircraft back in action.
Three Valley Lake
- The fire has become more prevalent with some spot fire activity.
- Louisiana Pacific and CP Rail continue to assist with fire protection efforts.
- The Evacuation Order and Alert remains in place.
- Officials believe increased visibility may allow then to get a more accurate picture of the fire with information to be provided tomorrow, if available.