New fires tackled in the Cariboo

Cariboo Fire Centre personnel have responded to more than a dozen new fires in the past 40 hours.

Cariboo Fire Centre personnel have responded to more than a dozen new fires in the past 40 hours.

Many of the fires have remained small; however, there are two that are growing.

As of Thursday morning, the largest fire currently burning has grown to an estimated 216 hectares and is located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Chimney Lake.

“The winds we had yesterday did challenge the airtankers. The fire was highly active. Crew and equipment remained on site last night and worked to build machine guards,” fire information officer Jenny Fremlin says.

At this time the fire is 20 per cent machine guarded and 10 per cent contained. Six pieces of heavy equipment and 35 personnel remain on site.

There are still no structures immediately threatened by this fire; however, the fire has crossed Enterprise Road and the Cariboo Fire Centre is asking the public not to use the road at this time.

Another fire that is estimated to be about three hectares in size is being noted because of its proximity to and visibility from Williams Lake, Fremlin says.

The fire is located about 15 kilometres west of Williams Lake on the west side of the Fraser River in the upper Meldrum Area.

Airtankers dropped retardant on the fire Thursday. Eight personnel and one piece of heavy equipment were onsite, and some remained there overnight.

As of Thursday morning the fire was 100 per cent machine guarded and 80 per cent contained. No structures are immediately threatened.

The Bond Lake fire, reported on June 18, was put out by evening.

“Crews hit that one hard and fast and wrapped it up quickly,” Fremlin says.

Further resources have come to the Cariboo from other areas to assist with fires currently burning in the region.

The Cariboo Fire Centre thanks the public for continuing to report wildfires.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or call 1-800-663-5555, toll-free.