Heavy equipment working 24 hours a day on fire

Heavy equipment working 24 hours a day on fire

BC Wildfire crews continue to build guards and mop up the Eagle Bluff fire, which is still 2,632 hectares. A planned ignition (back-burn) may be conducted today depending on the weather. (BC Wildfire Service)

Heavy equipment has been working 24 hours a day on the Eagle Bluff fire to construct a guard around the perimeter, which is expected to be completed this morning.

Unfavorable conditions Wednesday caused BC Wildfire Service to postpone the planned ignition of fuels in the McKinney area.

“Due to the rain received yesterday, fuels were too wet to conduct a successful burn,” the website stated.

Conditions will be evaluated this morning, and weather permitting, an ignition will begin to help contain the fire perimeter. “This ignition would allow crews to meet suppression objectives while also replicating a natural fire disturbance that is beneficial for the landscape.”

Nearly 150 firefighters worked on the fire yesterday, and another 47 worked overnight. The fire has experienced no significant growth and remains at 2,632 hectares in size.

An area restriction order for Crown land in the vicinity of the Eagle Bluff wildfire was implemented Aug.13 for the purpose of public safety and to ensure the safety of firefighting personnel. This order will remain in place until noon on Aug. 30 or until it is rescinded.