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Rain on Brenda Creek wildfire offers only 'slight reprieve'

The Brenda Creek wildfire, July 14, 2021.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service
August 02, 2021 - 4:54 PM

Rain didn't do much to douse the Brenda Creek wildfire burning south of the Okanagan Connector, near Peachland.

Only one to two millimetres of scattered precipitation fell onto the fire that's currently mapped at 824 hectares. 

"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," BC Wildfire said in its latest update.

"The fire and surrounding areas remain under thick smoke conditions. Winds today are forecast to be 10 to 15 km/hr from the west and northwest, with afternoon gusts of 25 to 35 km/hr in the afternoon which will increase the drying out of forest fuels from yesterday's precipitation."

Structural protection remains in place on high value resources, including on the cabins in the Headwater Creek area. Crews will continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots along the powerlines.

"Crews are patrolling along the guard south of the fire perimeter and utilizing a skidder to extinguish hot spots, as well as completing a 25-foot blackline along the Brenda Lake West Road once Danger Tree Assessments have been completed in the area," reads the latest update.

While the rain's effects may be negligible the good news is the fire received strong winds over the past few days but fire guards and crews have held the perimeter successfully.

The fire is still out of control and the Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen remains in place. An Evacuation Alert has also been issued for Eneas Lakes, Pennask Lake, Trepanier, and Pennask Creek provincial parks. Please contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for more information.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued an Evacuation Alert for 18 properties, three recreational camping areas and Crown land within West Electoral Area, south of Highway 97C and northwest of Peachland. Please contact the Regional District Central Okanagan for more information.

 


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