People living in Nelson and surrounding areas will notice increased smoke on the Sitkum Creek Wildfire today as a result of another proactive burn out operation.
These burning operations are weather-permitting and could begin as early as noon today.
The wildfire is located in very steep, dangerous terrain. This burn out is necessary to limit the potential growth and direction of the fire. The objective is to secure the north flank on Duhamel Creek.
When safe to do so, crews will begin a controlled fire to burn off any remaining unburned fuel between the guard and the wildfire. This removes fuel from the fire's path and reduces the chance of the wildfire breaching the control line. During burnout operations, the fire will appear more active.
The 530-hectare Sitkum Creek wildfire is 50% contained. Ongoing suppression efforts involve 79 firefighters, 18 support staff, three helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment.
One of BC Wildfire Services’ priorities is protecting life and property. The BC Wildfire Service is requesting the public’s help in accomplishing this goal by urging members of the public to stay out of the area restriction order that is in effect.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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