**Information provided by the BC Wildfire Service & RDEK
It has been another busy day here in the Emergency Operations Centre. Here is the evening update starting with the latest information we have from the BC Wildfire Service on the fire front:
• Lamb Creek – This fire is now estimated at 2094 hectares and is 25% contained. Click here to see the latest map. It was a good day for crews again today on the fire as they took advantage of the weather. There were 180 personnel on site today with 21 pieces of heavy equipment, along with four helicopters and air tankers when required. Crews continued to work on reinforcing guard lines and direct attack on the fire. The evacuation ORDER remains in effect for Moyie North and Moyie South. Click here for today's video update on the Lamb Creek Fire.
• Quinn Creek – This fire is estimated at 10,445.6 hectares in size and remains in the Bull River drainage. The size change is due primarily to more accurate mapping. The cooler weather, higher relative humidity and precipitation over the past 12 hours have helped keep the fire behaviour low today. Having said that, the fire remains active and is in the upper Brule Creek area. There were 19 firefighters, 1 helicopter and 4 pieces of heavy equipment on the fire today. The evacuation alert has been LIFTED for the District of Elkford and all the rural properties north of Sparwood (including Line Creek, Fording River and Green Hills). Click here for today's video update on the Quinn Creek Fire (1:45 on the video).
• White River Complex – The fire is 25,641.8 hectares and there has been no perimeter growth for a couple of days. Click here to view the latest map. There are 173 firefighters, 9 Danger Tree Fallers/Assessors and 18 pieces of heavy equipment on the fire today. There are also 6 helicopters working along with the Incident Management Team and support staff. Smoke will continue to be visible from some areas on the fire. Most of the fire received precipitation yesterday, which has helped contribute to less aggressive fire behaviour today. Even though areas on the fire did receive precipitation, there is a high ridge coming into the area and the fuels are unseasonably dry so there is the potential for increased fire behaviour. The crews are taking advantage of the current conditions to secure areas of concern to minimize potential growth. The evacuation ORDER for the Whiteswan area remains in effect.
• Linklater – There is no change to report on the Linklater fire as crews continue to make progress and the BC portion of the fire remains within the control lines. There were 38 firefighters and 7 pieces of heavy equipment along with 1 helicopter working the fire today continuing with mop up and hitting hot spots. The fire remains estimated at 927 hectares on the Canadian side. An evacuation ALERT remains in place for the west side of Lake Koocanusa in the Newgate area.
• Soowa Mountain – This fire is estimated to be 5,800 hectares in size. Click here to view the most recent map of the fire. Although the fire is visible from Highway 3 and Elko, it is not threatening any communities at this time. The fire was patrolled from the air today. The movement on the fire was predominantly southward yesterday. The Incident Management Team is transitioning into command of this fire (and the other Flathead fires) and the camp is currently being installed. There are NO alerts or orders in effect for this fire. Click here for today's video update on the Quinn Creek and Soowa Mountain Fires (2:40 on the video).
• Flathead Area Fires (including Lodgepole) – The Incident Management Team has arrived and will be taking over the management of the fires in the Flathead area. The two new lightning strikes reported on the BC Wildfire Service website last night near the Alberta border were both actioned by initial attack and are no longer an issue. The BC Wildfire Service will provide more information once the Team is in place.There are no threats to communities at this time.
Parks Canada Fires of Note:
• Kenow – The Kenow Fire still remains active and is classified as out of control. Click here for the latest info bulletin on this fire. The fire is estimated at approximately 36,000 hectares. Parks Canada's priorities are to ensure the safety of crews working in the area, protect infrastructure and values, and prevent the spread of the active fire with suppression tactics and containment lines. Helicopters and other aircraft continue to conduct aerial suppression tactics in the area. The Kenow Fire did not demonstrated any growth over night. The townsite itself and the values within it are not considered to be at risk at this time. Parks Canada is working closely with provincial and local partners and emergency management organizations to contain the fire and protect key infrastructure and resources Additional information about wildfires in the national mountain parks is available at www.parkscanada.ca/fire.
• Verdant Creek – The Verdant Creek Wildfire is currently being held. Recent cooler temperatures and precipitation allowed the crews working directly on the fire’s edge to make significant progress. Parks Canada will continue to actively monitor the Verdant Creek wildfire using helicopters and ground crews. Click here for today's info bulletin.
Other Items of Note:
• Rocky Mountain Elementary and Elkford Secondary School will REOPEN and resume classes Friday morning.
• The backcountry closures remain in affect. We will let everyone know if there are any changes announced.
• To report a fire or smoke plume, please call *5555 or toll free 1-800-663-5555
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