29 Homes Destroyed in Rock Creek Wildfire
Prince George, B.C. – The wildfire burning west of Rock Creek, in the Booundary region of southern BC, has now destroyed 29 homes as well as 17 structures on eleven other properties.
The Rock Creek fire is now estimated at 3,750 hectares and could increase in size with a warm drying trend expected over the next several days. BC Wildfire Service crews are working with structural protection firefighters from throughout the region to protect life and property in the area. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an Evacuation Order and an additional Evacuation Alert.
The fire is uncontained and extremely dangerous. Anyone entering the evacuation area will be putting themselves and firefighters at risk. This area contains multiple potential hazards, including active wildfire, “danger trees”, heavy equipment use and downed power lines.
There are currently 102 firefighters, 7 helicopters and 14 pieces of heavy equipment fighting the fire.
The cause of this wildfire is under investigation, but it is suspected to be human-caused.
Meantime, two fires continue burning near Oliver. The Testalinden fire, seven kilometers south of Oliver, is estimated at 1,566 hectares and is uncontained. Airtankers, six helicopters and 96 firefighters continue to work towards establishing containment. An evacuation order remains in place for approximately 100 homes in the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen.
The Wilson’s Mountain fire is located one kilometre north of Oliver and is now estimated at 317 hectares in size. The fire is a smouldering ground fire with minimal open flame. Twenty-nine firefighters established guard around portions of the perimeter. They were supported by four helicopters. This afternoon the BC Wildfire Service recommended the downgrade of the evacuation order to an evacuation alert for residents in the immediate area.
The fire danger rating in the Prince George Fire Centre is predominantly moderate, with two pockets with a high rating to the west and the northeast of the region. There has been one new fire start in the PG Fire Centre, that caused by a human, over the past three days