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Posted: August 10, 2022

Cummings Creek wildfire fight continues

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) has two 21-person Unit Crews working on building access routes and contingency lines where safe to do so on the Cummings Creek wildfire, five km west of Sparwood.

“Today, if smoke conditions allow, there is the potential for helicopter bucketing to occur on the northern flank of the fire, along Cummings Creek to provide some cooling effects to the fire behaviour,” BCWS reported today (August 10).

Discovered August 3, the lightning-caused fire is now an estimated 52.6 hectares.

BC Wildfire Service operations staff are observing the fire daily for ongoing data gathering and the Structure Protection Specialist has been working closely with the local fire departments and the Regional District to assess response efforts for the best chance of success.

Public overview map of the Cummings Creek wildfire.

Residents of Sparwood may be seeing influx of fire apparatus, structure protection unit trailers and personnel today. Most of these individuals will be structure protection personnel that will be triaging and assessing properties in the Sparwood area.

This work is being done in a proactive manner to establish adequate positioning if required. Currently the community of Sparwood is not imminently threatened, however we want to give our structure protection personnel ample amount of time to deploy structure protection apparatus in the event of the fire progressing closer to the community of Sparwood.

A public information meeting was held in Sparwood last night covering the fire. Please watch the video of the meeting.

An Area Restriction is in effect for this incident in order to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place.

Learn more about fire preparedness and resources available.

Lead image: An image from the remote camera looking at the Cummings Creek wildfire at 9 a.m. August 10. BCWS photo



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