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Fire centre monitors wildfires in qathet region

Three fires in Powell Lake area under observation
DRY CONDITIONS: This screenshot from the BC wildfire dashboard shows the locations of wildfires that have been reported in the Powell Lake region.

Three wildfires that started in the Powell Lake region on August 8 and 9 are either under control or being monitored.

According to Marg Drysdale, fire information officer at the Coastal Fire Centre, good progress is being made with the reported fires in the region.

She said the Daniels River fire, which is about seven hectares in size, is called a modified response fire. According to Drysdale, a modified response fire often occurs in very steep, inaccessible terrain.

“It is in a situation where it cannot be accessed by crews,” said Drysdale. “They allow it to burn within very specific trigger points. As soon as it hits any trigger points, they go back and take another look at it and decide exactly what they are going to do to manage it.

“That’s routine. If it’s not going to affect anyone or any infrastructure or any cultural values, and it is in the best interest to continue to burn, not all fires need to be put out.”

Drysdale said her understanding is that a solid assessment was done and authorities are comfortable with what is going on with that fire.

The blaze known as the Powell Lake fire is still considered a spot fire, said Drysdale. It is being routinely monitored.

The Pickle Point fire in the Powell Lake region is also under control and it is also being monitored.

Another fire designated as Chippewa Bay, which had one initial attack crew and a helicopter onsite, is now out.