Planned ignitions to cause wide spread smoke at West Kelowna wildfire

By Jordy Cunningham
Penticton Western News
September 6, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The planned ignition BC Wildfire Services completed on Tuesday by Hidden Creek was much bigger than originally thought. …favourable conditions allowed crews to continue north and northeast of the Hidden Creek Forest Service Road, ending with a 146-hectare successful ignition. This provided an anchor for fire crews to safely work and develop systems for water suppression operations. Crews stayed late overnight to monitor guards in the area and respond if a hot spot occurred. On Wednesday, crews are starting small hand ignitions within the containment lines. BC Wildfire Service is also going to continue with the next phase of its bigger planned ignitions early Wednesday afternoon. This planned ignition is set to be 350 hectares in size and will burn unburnt fuel on the north and northwest sides of Carrot Mountain, adjacent to the Powers Creek Drainage, where the fire has been most active lately.

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