Dave Ogilive

Dave Ogilive

Update: Gains made on Law Creek fire above West Kelowna

Crews feel this fire is being held.

UPDATE: 2 P.M.

Crews working on the Law Creek fire near Glenrosa continue to make gains this afternoon.

According to BC Wildfire information officer Noelle Kekula, crews continue to see success on this fire by forming a 150 foot blackline.

Blacklining is the pre-burning of fuels adjacent to a control line before igniting a prescribed burn. It’s usually done in heavy fuels adjacent to a control line during periods of low fire danger to reduce heat on holding crews and lessen chances for spotting across control line. In fire suppression, a blackline denotes a condition where there is no unburned material between the fire line and the fire edge.

Today crews are working on rehabilitation initiatives have begun on the west flank.

They continue to look for hot spots to extinguish them in order to move the fire into patrol status

Update: 9 a.m.

The BC Wildfire Service reports the Law Creek wildfire near West Kelowna is estimated at 15.5 hectares and is considered “under control”.

Fire information officer Marla Catherall says 25 personnel are on site today, assisted by one piece of heavy equipment. Air support is also available as needed.

“For objectives today, crews will continue to build black line south down existing house lay and crews will seek out and extinguish any hot spots,” says Catherall.

“Patrol is happening on this fire now.”

Original:

The Law Creek fire that affected Glenrosa residents is still active at an estimated 16 hectares.

BC Wildfire said Tuesday morning’s concern was potential for increased fire behaviour in all fuel types if the winds materialized.

By the day’s end, BC Wildfire said they have been some variable winds in the area, but we have been able to use them to our advantage when burning small bays and/or fingers. (Fingers are long narrow extensions of a fire projecting from the main body).

There were 28 firefighters with air support, when needed, working toward containing the flanks of the fire and constructing control lines where possible.

READ MORE: FIRE SPARKED IN WEST KELOWNA

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