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Nk'Mip Creek wildfire gets 1-2 mm of rain

An undated photo of the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire.
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August 02, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Those fighting the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire located six kilometres north of Osoyoos didn't get much help from Sunday's rain.

"The fire received one to two millimetres of scattered precipitation yesterday," BC Wildfire said in its Monday update.

"While that has provided a slight reprieve in fire behaviour, conditions are forecast to return to being warm and dry over the next two days."

Thick smoke is challenging the firefight and winds are expected to increase the drying out of forest fuels dampened by yesterday's rain.

The Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Okanagan Complex 71W22KC which includes Thomas Creek (K51794), Brenda Creek (K51924) and Nk'Mip Creek (K52061) wildfires. Aircraft and other resources may be reallocated from day to day within the complex as priorities shift.

BC Wildfire said crews will continue to patrol and mop up around residential areas near McKinney Rd, Nk'Mip Rd and Shrike Hill, burning off any unburnt fuel, reinforcing existing guards and extinguishing hotspots.

"By removing available fuels from within home ignition zones and around facilities, fires are less likely to impact interface areas," he said.

Crews on the northeast of the fire including Mt. Baldy Resort and the McKinney Nordic Ski Club will use heavy equipment to continue with line location and construction and reinforcement of guards to the northeast and southeast of the fire.

On the south flank of the fire, crews are continuing structure protection near the Anarchist Mountain community. Patrols and mop up continue on the fire's southern perimeter.

The fire is mapped at 13,000 hectares and classified as Out of Control.

When smoke clears a new size estimate will be done.



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