Crews tackling three wildfires of note near Kamloops
By Glynn Brothen
The Coldstream Creek fire between Logan Lake and Ashcroft
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire
July 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Three fires of note in the Kamloops Fire Zone are in various stages following recent suppression activities by fire crews.
The Coldstream Creek fire between Ashcroft and Logan Lake is 250 hectares in size. Fire information officer Kelsey Winter says crews managed to block structures threatened by the fire near Highway 97C. The same area has 24 properties under an evacuation alert. Forty-six firefighters, three helicopters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment are on site along with protection specialists who set up sprinklers. There was some precipitation on the lightning-caused fire yesterday, July 21. B.C. Wildfire continues to use air tankers on the fire which is 20 per cent contained since it was discovered Monday, July 20.
Winter says progress is going well on the Adams West fire located southeast of Clearwater on the Adams West Forest Service Road.
“They’re working on establishing a guard. There’s one heavy helicopter that they can use if they need it,” Winter says adding there’s 29 firefighters on scene and three pieces of equipment. The fire which was discovered Monday is lightning-caused, and measures 30 ha in size. It is zero per cent contained. An evacuation alert remains in effect for six properties near the fire.
A representative of Adams River Rafting Ltd., which operates south of Adams Lake, says they appreciate the concern they are hearing for their business, but says they are not affected by the fire, which is quite north of Adams Lake.
The Cisco Road fire near Lytton is nearly out and crews are currently extinguishing hot spots and collecting pieces of fire fighting equipment. Flames and smoke are hardly visible. The evacuation alert is rescinded for properties which were previously at risk. Winter says investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire which burned 2,174 ha.
Several other fires of note are burning in the fire centre, including one near Falkland, one near Oliver and another along Westside Road north of West Kelowna.
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