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More activity expected at Thomas Creek fire today

The Thomas Creek wildfire, July 14, 2021.
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July 21, 2021 - 12:45 PM

The wildfire east of Skaha Lake near Okanagan Falls remains the largest in the region.

The Thomas Creek Wildfire, which prompted an evacuation alert for 704 properties, is mapped at 6,558 hectares and remains out of control.

“Fire growth was minimal yesterday,” B.C. Wildfire said in its daily update, noting that the fire was most active in the heavier timber to the north. 

A contingency guard is now complete on the southeast flank and crews made good progress on reinforcing the south flank guard line above properties along the highway. Crews were also successful in defending a wooden bridge at 17 kilometres on the 201 road.

While there have been some successes, today may be more of a challenge.

“An increase in winds is predicted for today, which may result in elevated fire behaviour and additional fire growth,” B.C. Wildfire said.

This fire is being managed by a B.C. Wildfire Service incident management team as part of the Okanagan Complex. Aircraft and other resources may be reallocated from day to day within the complex as priorities shift.

Today, there are 29 firefighters, five helicopters, 19 pieces of heavy equipment and 32 support staff are assigned to this fire.

The fire was sparked 10 days ago, July 11.

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