B.C. interior forest fire now 30% contained

Dec 19 2017, 9:14 pm

An early-spring forest fire in British Columbia’s Central Interior has now been 30% contained following the deployment of firefighting resources to battle the blaze.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the fire 90 kilometres west of Quesnel is much smaller than initially measured, although it is still sizeable. Initial measurements made Friday evening estimated the fire to be 2,500 acres in size, but more accurate mapping performed today indicated the fire to be approximately 750 acres. This is approximately the same area as 75% of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

There are 45 firefighting personnel at the site and another 20 personnel are on their way. In terms of equipment, crews are using one helicopter, seven bulldozers, and one water truck.

The forest fire’s growth throughout the day has been limited as the weather conditions have been favourable and the winds were calm.

Firefighting crews believe the blaze can be fully contained by Monday if the stable weather conditions continue.