The Mount Midgely fire continues to burn northwest of Creston.

UPDATED: Mount Midgely fire northwest of Creston 80 per cent contained

Web Lead

  • Aug. 21, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Sunday afternoon:

Today, crews are continuing burn-out operations on the Mount Midgely fire, which is causing extra smoke to issue from the blaze.

“This burn out is necessary to limit the potential growth and direction of the fire,” says bcwildfire.ca. “The objective is to secure containment of the north flank and will help establish 100% containment.”

Thirty-nine firefighters, five helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment are attacking the fire today.

Meanwhile, near Porthill, Idaho, residents previously affected by the Stage 2 voluntary evacuations have been downgraded to Stage 1. The most recent update at inciweb.nwcg.gov continues to list the fire as uncontained.

 

Friday afternoon:

The Mount Midgely fire northwest of Creston was 50 per cent contained as of Thursday afternoon.

Crews have been working to build a guard around the lightning-started blaze, which is about 332 hectares (originally thought to be 600), by clearing flammable debris, dropping retardant or digging down until a level is reached where nothing can be burned.

As with yesterday, 60 firefighters, five helicopters and nine pieces of heavy equipment are battling the fire, which saw some increased activity due to strong winds yesterday as unburnt fuels caught fire, “but it was within the perimeter,” said Karlie Shaughnessy, a fire information officer with the Southeast Fire Centre.

Ground crews are continuing to work “on a sprinkler line at the extreme north end of the fire to support burnout operations, weather permitting,” said a bcwildfire.ca update. “Increased activity and smoke may be seen today from unburnt fuels within the fire’s perimeter.”

Although smoke is clearing today, a smoky skies advisory by the Environment Ministry and Interior Health Authority has not been lifted, and smoke could fill the Creston Valley again later this weekend if weather patterns persist.

“The wind in going to change direction again on Sunday, so it’s going be smoky like that again on Sunday and Monday,” said Shaughnessy.

South of the border, some Porthill residents remain under a voluntary evacuation alert as 110 firefighters and two helicopters work on the scene of the 2,480-hectare Parker Ridge fire.

A red flag warning is in effect, meaning “critical weather conditions have the potential to create extreme fire growth,” said an update at inciweb.nwcg.gov. “Firefighters will be strengthening structure protection efforts in Smith Creek by installing sprinklers.”

Despite strong winds yesterday, the uncontained fire spread very little. Farmers and firefighters burned stubble fields on Wednesday to prevent a possible spread.

“The fire has not had any significant growth for several days, but snags, logs and other fuel pockets within the fire perimeter continue to burn and put up smoke,” said the U.S. government website. “Crews have been busy constructing hand lines and doing mop-up between the Westside Road and the Kootenai River. Crews have also been removing dead standing and hazardous trees along the Westside Road to provide for safer travel conditions.”

Just Posted

Tigz Designs making Christmas merry for Swan Valley Lodge residents

Lori Cameron and her husband, Bill, expect to deliver 90 gift bags to Swan Valley Lodge residents.

Proportional Representation makes your vote count

We can lead the rest of the country with democratic reform.

Enhancing recreational opportunities on Basin Trails

This program is one of the ways the Trust is addressing its strategic priority to support recreation and physical activity in the region.

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop purchases new equipment

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop has purchased a transport chair plus bedside and… Continue reading

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is coming to Creston

MP Wayne Stetski invites the public to join him and Federal NDP… Continue reading

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read