As CKNW’s Shelby Thom reported from Pemberton this week, some welcome rain began to fall where more than 100 firefighters have been actioning the Boulder Creek and Elaho wildfires, which have been burning for more than a month.
Firefighters say the biggest challenges may be not what you expect.
Pemberton native Taren Ghose, who is part of the initial attack crew, says one of the greatest challenges is the heat.
Crews are bogged down with heavy uniforms, often carrying hoses and other equipment for more than 12 hours a day.
“Every hour of super hard work you are suppose to drink a litre of water. So when we are out there, it’s kind of hard because we can’t bring that much water at one time, we bring as much as we can, but we will have boxes of bottled water, so you try and drink one of those every half an hour.”
Ghose says the fire camp off Airport Road is like a family.
“Everyone comes from similar backgrounds I feel like, they do this job because it attracts a certain type of personality.”
The Boulder Creek fire is more than five-thousand hectares and 20% contained.
A number of work sites in the area have been shut down, as an evacuation order remains in effect.