People living in Creston and surrounding areas will notice increased smoke on the Mount Midgeley wildfire today as a result of a proactive burn out operation. This burning operation is weather permitting and is estimated to cover a 30-hectare area.
This burn out is necessary to limit the potential growth and direction of the fire. The objective is to secure containment of the north flank and will help establish 100% containment.
When safe to do so, crews will begin a controlled fire to burn off any remaining unburned fuel between the guard and the wildfire. This removes fuel from the fire’s path and reduces the chance of the wildfire breaching the control line. During burnout operations, the fire will appear more active.
The 333-hectare Mount Midgeley wildfire is 75% contained and has 39 firefighters, five helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment continuing ongoing suppression efforts.
One of BC Wildfire Services’ priorities is protecting life and property. The BC Wildfire Service is requesting the public’s help in accomplishing this goal by urging members of the public to stay out of the area restriction order that is in effect.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to:http://www.bcwildfire.ca