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2 wildfires near Lake Country holding steady but still out of control

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July 07, 2021 - 11:26 AM

Two fires sparked near Lake Country are still classified as out of control, but they’re not showing a lot of growth, BC Wildfire Service says.

The Clark Creek fire, which was discovered yesterday, July 6, about two kilometres southwest of Oyama Lake, is out of control and mapped at 0.5 hectares.

Shaelee Stearns, a fire information officer with the wildfire service, said there are three personnel on the ground and two helicopters working the blaze on it at the moment.

Stearns said there doesn’t appear to have been much growth.

The other fire, which was discovered July 5 west of Oyama Lake, is classified as out of control and sitting at 0.1 hectares. A contract crew is responding to that fire, which is also is not showing signs of a lot of growth.

For those living in interface areas, this time of year can come with a lot of stress. To help mitigate the stress of the unknown, the province has recommended that people have grab-and-go bags at the ready.

This is a smaller version of your emergency kit in an easy-to-access place in your home. In addition to having one at home, create grab-and-go bags for your workplace and vehicles that contain.

A suggested list of supplies includes:

  •     Food (ready to eat) and water
  •     Phone charger and battery bank
  •     Small battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  •     Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  •     Extra batteries
  •     Small first-aid kit and personal medications
  •     Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  •     Copy of your emergency plan, copies of important documents, such as insurance papers
  •     Cash in small bills
  •     Local map with your family meeting place identified
  •     Seasonal clothing and an emergency blanket
  •     Pen and notepad
  •     Whistle

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