Rainfall over the Glen Lake wildfire on Saturday has provided much-needed help to fire crews in their suppression efforts. Approximately six millimeters of rain fell on the fire, following 1.6 mm the previous night. Although no additional rain was recorded on Saturday night, the cooler temperatures and higher humidity overnight led to favorable conditions for the fire crews.
The wildfire, located about six kilometers west of Peachland, remains at an estimated size of 1,116 hectares and is currently burning out of control. Eight rural properties are under evacuation orders, while most of Peachland remains on evacuation alert.
In recent developments, the nearby McDougall McDougall Creek wildfire has been removed from the “Wildfire of Note” classification by the BC Wildfire Service. This change occurred after the fire was officially deemed “held” last week and all evacuation orders were lifted for the affected homes. A wildfire is classified as a Wildfire of Note if it is particularly visible or poses a threat to public safety.
Currently, there are nine remaining Wildfires of Note in the province, including the Glen Lake fire. The BCWS has deployed a unit crew to directly attack the fire’s northeast corner, working on containment efforts from Billie Road to Finlay Creek. Another unit crew is focused on mopping up the machine guard and extinguishing any remaining hot spots.
On the southeast flank of the fire, crews are also directly attacking the flames, moving from the Munro FSR towards Eneas Lakes Park. Construction of a machine guard is underway on the fire’s south flank. Helicopters are still being utilized in the vicinity, conducting bucketing operations near Eneas Lakes Park.
The weather forecast suggests that more showers are expected in the area throughout the coming week, which could further assist in fire containment efforts.
1. What is a “Wildfire of Note” classification?
The “Wildfire of Note” classification is assigned to wildfires that are especially visible or pose a threat to public safety. It helps authorities prioritize resources and provide timely updates to affected communities.
2. How are firefighters containing the Glen Lake wildfire?
Fire crews are directly attacking the wildfire from various flanks, constructing machine guards, and extinguishing hot spots. They are also utilizing helicopters for bucketing operations in critical areas.
3. How does rain help in suppressing wildfires?
Rainfall can dampen the fire, making it difficult for the flames to spread further. It also increases humidity levels, which can help cool down the fire and improve firefighting conditions.