Wildfire near Logan Lake still out of control but crews making progress

An aerial shot provided by the B.C. Wildfire Service on Wednesday, May 17, 2018, shows smoke from the Tunkwa Lake Road wildfire near Logan Lake.
Image Credit: TWITTER/@BCGovFireInfo

LOGAN LAKE - The Tunkwa Lake Road wildfire burning near Logan Lake has grown slightly since yesterday, but wind over the next few days could pose more challenges for crews.

Approximately 60 crew members, two helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment are battling the out of control blaze today, May 17, and air tankers will be on standby.

"The Tunkwa Lake Road wildfire is currently being estimated at 145 hectares," B.C. Wildfire fire information officer Jody Lucius says, noting there has been slight growth compared to yesterday's estimate of 140 hectares.

Containment of the fire hasn't been reached yet, but crews have been making good progress, she says.

Firefighters are battling the southwest side of the blaze, and are facing some rough, rocky terrain where equipment is unable to reach. The fire's behaviour today is low to moderate, Lucius says, which means less flames and smoke will be visible in the area.

No structures are threatened at this time.

Lucius says anyone planning on heading to the Tunkwa Lake area should be able to do so, but he is advising the public to monitor local media for any updates indicating the opposite. She says if you're planning on going somewhere and using Tunkwa Lake Road, you're asked to proceed with caution and pass through quickly.

Over the next 48 hours a change in weather pattern could mean challenging winds for crews who will be closely monitoring the situation, she says.

For the latest information on wildfire activity, go here or follow @BCGovFireInfo on Twitter.

For more coverage on the Tunkwa Lake Road wildfire, go here.


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