Wildfires continue to burn across BC

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Two-hundred out of province fire fighters are on their way to B-C to help in fire relief efforts.

With 161 fires burning across the province right now, bringing BC’s fires to 623 so far for the season, reinforcements have been called in to help with extreme cases.

One of these being the Botanie  Creek fire near Lytton, which has remained at fifteen hundred hectares and unconfirmed reports the fire may have consumed a shop.

“The fire was moving quite quickly and it was challenging fire suppression efforts. As of yesterday it was zero percent contained.”

Fire Information Officer, Navi Saini says with the cooling of temperatures after a hot few weeks the fire danger rating has dropped in most parts of the province from extreme to moderate

Meanwhile some better news for crews fighting a blaze near the Coquihalla Summit.

Kayla Pepper with the Kamloops Fire Centre says the Maka-Murray blaze is now 30 percent contained, although it remains at about 450 hectares.

“It was finally showing some calmer fire activity yesterday, although there was still some candling. Structure protection units were also installed around some cabins in the area.”

Pepper says 30-35 properties remain under an evacuation order.

The Smith Creek Fire remained at 250 hectares and 20 percent contained.

“Fortunately the fire did stay within the perimeter of the retardant that was dropped by air tankers yesterday.”

Pepper says despite increased humidity and cooler temperatures, strong winds are in the forecast, which could cause more problems – and increased fire activity through the afternoon.

Comments

  1. I understand CC has promised a second BC Hydro powerline to serve Kelowna so that the area does not have to rely on a single powerline source. At first blush, when CC commits to building a second multi-million dollar powerline into that region, that sounds like the right thing to do.

    However, further research will show that Okanagan electricity needs, including Kelowna, are served by a private corporation, Fortis (formerly West Kootenay Power).

    So the “single” BC Hudro powerline under threat of wild fire may well be an inter-utility, transmission line to facilitate movement of electricity across the entire electricity grid in the province.

    Within their respective service areas, surely each utility (BC Hydro and Fortis) provides-or should already be providing adequate redundancy of transmission lines to maintain power availability during most emergencies.

    Notwithstanding the need to provide back-up transmission powerlines, it seems the responsibility lies with the utility serving a particular area. That is Fortis if they haven’t already provided for such back up.

    I, for one, do not want my tax dollars being spent building a second multi-million dollar powerline into West Kelowna when that responsibility lies with Fortis. At any rate, tax dollars should not be spent to mitigate deficiencies, if any, in private electrivcal systems.

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