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BC Wildfire continues to monitor weather conditions for the 3,000ha planned ignition. This ignition is planned for tomorrow, August 30, if conditions on site remain favourable. As part of the preparation activities for this planned ignition BC Wildfire crews will be lighting some small test fires today and as a result you may see increased smoke in the area. These small test fires assist crews in assessing the site conditions to determine if everything is favourable to proceed.

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. In addition, 13 additional water bladders have been placed around the Township which each hold 2,500 gallons. This is a precautionary measure only. There are currently no indicators that the fire is set to enter Spallumcheen’s borders.

  

Full Press Release can be found here. 

The next scheduled update from the Township will be Sunday August 29, 2021 at 16:00 hrs