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Tremont Creek wildfire jumps fireguards near Mount Savona

The Tremont Creek wildfire is estimated to cover over 27,000 hectares on Aug. 3, 2021.
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August 06, 2021 - 1:40 PM

The Tremont Creek wildfire has jumped fireguards as winds pushed the blaze northeast.

It is now estimated to be 30,606 hectares and B.C. Wildfire Service crews are building fire guards north and east of Mount Savona on Aug. 6.

Last night, evacuation alerts were issued to Tobiano and Six Mile Ranch as winds are expected stoke the blaze further in that direction over the weekend.

Other properties south of Highway 1 were ordered to evacuate on Thursday night, but the wildfire remains about 6 to 8 kilometres from the highway itself, according to fire information officer Luke Robinson.

The City of Kamloops issued a statement at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 5, as both the Tremont Creek and White Rock Lake wildfires threaten to cross into municipal boundaries.

"The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to closely monitor the situation in anticipation that an alert to residents may be necessary," the City statement reads.

Evacuation alerts have been issued in southeast Kamloops, but none have been issued within municipal boundaries so far due to the Tremont Creek wildfire.

The wildfire service is expecting to see large air tankers drop retardant in the Mount Savona area on Friday in order to protect critical infrastructure.

To the east, the wildfire has moved well into Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park, and crews are working to strengthen guards near Tunkwa Lake itself.

On the northern flank, from Barnes Lake to Walhachin, there continues to be minimal fire growth. Patrols continue on the western flank near Barnes Lake as that perimeter remains in mop up condition.

Robinson said cooler weather and higher humidity should be helpful for fire crews today, along with some rain precipitation, but those benefits could be hampered by continued winds that are expected in the area.

Ground crews and heavy equipment are building fire guards on the south flanks of the wildfire and conducting ignitions toward the fire perimeter in that area.

There are 71 firefighters assigned to the Tremont Creek wildfire on Aug. 6, with the assistance of seven helicopters and 35 heavy equipment units.


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