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Crews attack Tremont Creek wildfire directly in cooler conditions

August 23, 2021 - 12:17 PM

Cooler days and rainy conditions allowed firefighters to attack the Tremont Creek wildfire west of Kamloops more directly this past weekend and today.

B.C. Wildfire crews are focusing much of their efforts on the active fire today, Aug. 23, especially around Duffy Lake to the northeast and Glossy Mountain on the southwest flank of the wildfire.

Now estimated at 62,523 hectares, the wildfire service's next objective is to bring the Tremont Creek wildfire to a "being held" status, but there is no clear time that could be forecasted.

"We're taking advantage of these conditions to do more hose work and ground work to disturb the soil and smother the fire, more so than standing back and allowing it to burn," fire information officer, Greg Jonuk said.

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The north flanks of the wildfire saw up to 10 millimetres of rain on Aug. 22 and Logan Lake area measured around two millimetres, but Jonuk warned that it's not enough rain to make up for long-term dry conditions the area has experienced throughout the summer.

"We're still in August and that area is susceptible to drought," Jonuk said. "There's lots of fire season left."

Some evacuation orders have been downgraded in the area, including one for the District of Logan Lake, which remains on evacuation alert. In that area, crews continue to patrol the area and douse hot spots.

Other orders remain in place, however, including an order from the Thompson Nicola Regional District which included 117 properties near Paska Lake.

More information on current evacuation orders and alerts can be found on the Thompson Nicola Regional District website here.

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