Controlled burn-offs planned for China Nose fire

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Officials battling the China Nose fire near Houston B.C. are turning to controlled burn-offs Sunday with hopes of containing the blaze.

The controlled burn-offs will hopefully eliminate any remaining un-burned fuel in the fire’s path.

Officails said “the fire may appear more active, but this is part of a plan to burn areas on the periphery of the fire.”

Crews and equipment continue to work day and night, and are making progress on containment lines on the east, west and north flanks of the fire. Helicopters will be using retardant to reinforce containment lines.

Despite progress that has been made, the China Nose fire still remains large and uncontrolled.

The B-C Wildfire Management Branch has said a cold front in the area could create winds that would feed the blaze.

There are 135 firefighters on site, and more are on the way.

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