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BC Wildfire continues to monitor weather conditions for the 3,000ha planned ignition scheduled for this week. Yesterday afternoon, 5 mm of rain was received in the Fintry area, as well as minimal amounts in other areas of the fire. As a result of the rain received in the Six Mile Creek area, conditions on-site today are again not favourable for the 3000ha planned ignition operations. Please note that you will likely see significant smoke when this planned ignition begins. With the significant smoke in the atmosphere, air quality may be a concern. We ask you to monitor air quality in the North Okanagan and plan your activities accordingly. Air Quality updates are available at the Environment Canada website. The Township will continue to do our best to update you on information about any planned ignitions as the information becomes available.

BC Wildfire has indicated White Rock Lake fire is consuming deep burning fuels which are persistent throughout the east flank of the fire. Deep burning fuels make it extremely difficult to bring a fire to full extinguishment. As such they have advised that the planned ignitions are the most favourable tactic to gain control while also maintaining an appropriate safety margin for firefighters.

As part of the preparation work for this planned ignition, BC Wildfire in conjunction with our Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department have placed large blue containers in strategic locations of Spallumcheen. Each container holds 21,000 gallons of water and will be used by structural protection crews should it be necessary. This is a precautionary measure only. There are currently no indicators that the fire is set to enter Spallumcheen’s borders.


The next planned update from the Township of Spallumcheen will be Sunday August 29, 2021 at 16:00 hrs. 

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