Fears as wind set to expand B.C.’s biggest wildfire

Three Sikorsky S-61 helicopters are dumping fire retardant on the southeast flank of the Doctor Creek blaze.

David Carrigg
Publishing date:

Sep 08, 2020  •  Last Updated 15 days ago

Strong and gusty winds on Monday are expected to worsen the Doctor Creek fire west of Canal Flats in southeast British Columbia — the worst fire in the province at the moment.

In a prepared statement, the B.C. Wildfire Service said the forecast high winds would come from the east — aligning with the valley in the centre of the fire — and “likely increase and could push the fire in new directions.”

A high pressure ridge should bring warm and dry conditions back to the area by Tuesday, supported by a gradual warming and drying trend into Wednesday.

There are three wildfires of note in British Columbia.

They are the Doctor Creek fire, Talbott Creek fire near Castlegar and the Christie Mountain fire near Okanagan Falls.

The Doctor Creek fire is 25 km southwest of Canal Flats and was discovered Aug. 18. It now covers 80 square kilometres.

Ground crews are working on the north flank of the blaze — where the rate of spread is low — extinguishing hot spots within 100 feet of the fire perimeter and delivering water to the fire’s edge.

Heavy equipment is backing ground crews on the south edge — where the flame front is more consistent — and building contingency lines along the east and south flank of the fire.

Three Sikorsky S-61 helicopters are dumping fire retardant on the southeast flank of the blaze.

No buildings are at risk at the moment.

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