NEWS/ WILDFIRES — Rain in the Clearwater fire zone has resulted in removal of the campfire ban there but campfires remain banned in all other areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre.
The prohibition doesn’t apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres
Category 2 and 3 open fires remain prohibited for the entire Kamloops Fire Centre, including the Clearwater zone. This prohibition applies to open fires larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
• The Prince George Fire Centre has issued an area restriction for the forested area around the Mt. McAllister fire located 56 kilometres northwest of Chetwynd, effective at noon today (Tuesday). The Mt. McAllister fire currently covers 15,847 hectares and is zero-per-cent contained. There are 162 firefighters, 50 support staff, six helicopters and 35 pieces of heavy equipment currently working on this fire.
• The 1,500-hectare Botanie Road fire near Lytton is 15 per cent contained and the evacuation order remains in effect. Seven helicopters, 115 firefighters and 12 pieces of heavy equipment are working on the fire.
• An evacuation order is still in effect at the Maka-Murray fire near Murray Lake halfway between Merritt and Hope. It’s 340 hectares and is 30 per cent contained.
• The Apex Mountain fire in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has burned 345 hectares and is 75 per cent contained. However, an evacuation alert is in effect.
• The huge Red Deer Creek fire southeast of Tumbler Ridge that has been burning since July 6 has scorched close to 35,000 acres and is still only 10 per cent contained. Previous evacuations affecting 200 people have been rescinded. Eight-one firefighters, 21 helicopters, and 59 pieces of equipment are on duty.