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No progress since Monday on Pigeon Creek wildfire, west of Peachland – Peachland Information

Rob Gibson

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.

The Pigeon Creek wildfire has not grown since Monday, however it’s nonetheless listed as uncontrolled.

The fireplace, positioned 6.5 kilometres west of Peachland, stays at an estimated 33 hectares in dimension. It continues to exhibit Rank 1 and Rank 2 fireplace exercise, primarily smouldering floor fireplace with some spots of low vigorous floor fireplace.

Sixty floor personnel had been engaged on the wildfire Wednesday, supported by helicopters and skimmer air tankers.

The BC Wildfire Service doesn’t plan to have any personnel working the fireplace in a single day.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.

A fleet of water skimmer plane dropped 1.6 million litres of water on the Pigeon Creek wildfire Tuesday, as they help floor crews in combating the blaze that is been burning off the Okanagan Connector since Sunday.

In a birds-eye-view video posted to Twitter by the BC Wildfire Service, the fleet of six Air Tractor 802 Hearth Boss plane may be seen dropping 2,200-litres of water at a time on the blaze.

The pilots of the six planes had been saved busy Tuesday, and the BCWS say they dropped a complete of about 1.6 million litres.

Hearth behaviour has decreased significantly Wednesday and the plane weren’t energetic on the fireplace earlier right now.

UPDATE 11:10 a.m.

The Pigeon Creek wildfire west of Peachland didn’t see any progress in a single day and remains to be estimated at 33 hectares.

Hearth data officer Aydan Corey says 60 floor crew members returned to the blaze this morning. Air assist isn’t at the moment over the fireplace, however is on standby.

The fireplace remains to be greatest described as a smouldering floor fireplace, so the battle is transferring to extra of a floor assault.

“They are going to be securing the perimeter line and gasoline free guard,” Corey stated.

As soon as the perimeter of the fireplace is secured, the fireplace’s classification could also be moved to being “held.”

“However for now, till they understand it will not develop any additional. It will be [classified as] uncontrolled.”

Floor crew members at the moment are climbing as much as the fireplace from the Freeway 97C turnaround whereas helicopters drop in gear.

The very steep slopes and scorching temperatures anticipated right now shall be a problem for crews.

“Their security and making certain we’re stopping heatstroke as a lot as attainable is a precedence for our crews,” Corey stated. “So making certain they’re taking common relaxation intervals and staying hydrated — monitoring for any of these warmth stress signs.”


Scorching warmth shall be a problem for crews combating the Pigeon Creek wildfire west of Peachland right now.

Temperatures within the Central Okanagan are anticipated to hit 33 C on Wednesday whereas winds may gust as much as 40 km/h.

The wildfire didn’t develop in any respect on Tuesday and stays 33 hectares in dimension.

“There are at the moment 60 floor personnel assigned to this incident, being supported by helicopters and skimmer air tankers as vital,” BCWS stated on-line.

Hearth exercise was described by BCWS on Tuesday evening as a “smouldering floor or floor fireplace with minimal price of unfold.”

BCWS has additionally now revealed a fringe map exhibiting a extra actual location of the fireplace.

The reason for the fireplace stays underneath investigation.

This story shall be up to date all through the day with the newest on the fireplace.


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