Eagle Bluff wildfire grows into terrain safer and more workable for crews

Eagle Bluff wildfire grows into terrain safer and more workable for crews

BC Wildfire Service completed planned ignitions yesterday on the Eagle Bluff wildfire near Oliver. (BC Wildfire Service)

After tracking on Friday night, BC Wildfire Service says the Eagle Bluff fire burning near Oliver is now 2,680 hectares in size and remains out of control.

Growth occurred in two areas, a statement from BC Wildfire Service says.

“The wildfire grew predominantly towards the north and northwest due to southerly winds, however this growth did not threaten structures or communities. A planned ignition operation occurred yesterday evening, which expanded the fire boundary towards control lines in the south.”

Most of the growth that occurred yesterday was due to the planned ignition operation south of Manuel’s Canyon and McKinney Road, BC Wildfire said, “which helped to move the fire into safer, more workable terrain for ground crews.”

A planned ignition to move the fire southeast towards the control line may occur today dependant on weather conditions. BC Wildfire says updates will be provided if this planned ignition does occur.

“Cool weather conditions mean not much growth is expected to occur today.”

Crews are working to construct a guard in accessible areas along the fire’s east flank and northeast corner, as well as build a retardant line along the north flank in areas operable for heavy equipment.

Currently, 169 firefighters and support staff are on duty with assistance from 15 helicopters and 19 pieces of heavy equipment.

“An incident management team is also in place. Structure protection teams have been stationed throughout communities as a precautionary measure,” BC Wildfire says.