Residents in the southern B.C. communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake affected by a wildfire burning in Washington state remain vigilant as the blaze hovers near the border.
Fanny Bernard with the BC Wildfire Service says the fire covers close to 17-thousand hectares and its closest point to the border is 4.5 kilometres.
As residents brace for the possibility of the fire jumping north, Bernard says Canadian crews are set to begin tackling the fire.
“There’s been constant communication discussing the possibility of offering them help. So we’ve come up with an agreement; we’re looking at having resources on the fire tomorrow. Today, we’re going to complete reconnassaince on the northern portion which is going to be identified as the Canadian branch of the fire.”
Bernard says roughly 80 firefighters are gearing up to fight the blaze, with clear objectives.
“Tie in where the U.S. crews left off and establish control lines… Look for opportunities to burn off, strengthen control lines… We’re hoping to do some of those burnoffs at night to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.”
Residents were told at a town meeting on Thursday they could be on evacuation alert at any time, and to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.