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Wildfire service building machine guards in Tunkwa Provincial Park

The Tremont Creek wildfire is estimated to cover over 27,000 hectares on Aug. 4, 2021.
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August 04, 2021 - 5:30 PM

Machine guards are being built through Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park as the Tremont Creek wildfire looms closer.

The District of Logan Lake is not imminently threatened by the blaze, but it is burning about 15 kilometres northwest of the area today, Aug. 4.

On Aug. 3, the wildfire "took a run" through the provincial park after an afternoon wind pushed it to the northeast, and the wildfire continues to move in that direction at a moderate pace, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Since the wildfire was discovered on July 12, it's grown to an estimated 27,624 hectares in size and firefighters have worked to keep the blaze from Highway 97C and communities to the west and northwest, including Savona and Ashcroft.

The Barnes Lake area is currently in mop up as firefighters patrol the area to the west of the wildfire after machine guards and hand ignitions have been used to stop its spread to the west and north.

Guards are being built today on the east and northeast flanks of the wildfires and hand ignitions have been planned in Tunkwa Provincial Park, if conditions allow.

Today, there are 33 firefighters, seven helicopters and 35 heavy equipment units assigned to the wildfire, along with structural protection personnel.

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