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Small growth on Clarke Creek wildfire in Lake Country

Some evacuation orders were downgraded to alerts on Monday night
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The Clarke Creek wildfire in Lake Country continues to burn into Tuesday, Aug. 22, remaining at 360 hectares. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

UPDATE: 4:40 p.m.

The Clarke Creek fire in Glenmore has grown 10 more hectares to 370 hectares in size.

There are currently three operational field staff and 61 firefighters on scene, along with support from 15 helicopters who are covering the Grouse Complex blaze.

Approximately 69 structure protection personnel are responding to this incident.

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.

Fire behaviour has greatly improved at the Clarke Creek wildfire in Lake Country.

It is mostly burning at a rank 1 and 2, which is low fire activity. At the warmer parts of the day, they have experienced ‘intermittent tree candling’, according to BC Wildfires Services.

On Monday, crews used small scale hand ignitions to remove unburnt sections of fuel between containment lines. Today, crews are continuing to a 15 foot extenstion to a 50 foot wetline to wrap around the west side of the blaze. This will help surpress the fire’s edge while crews also take care of hot spots.

Patrols will continue on the east flank of the blaze to watch if hot spots occur.

Structure protection crews are also in the area, monitoring hot spots that could appear close to houses and other structures.

Original

The Clarke Creek wildfire in Lake Country continues to remain out of control Tuesday morning.

Due to heavy smoke in Lake Country, BC Wildfire crews haven’t been able to update the size of the blaze, which remains at an estimated 360 hectares.

On Monday night however, evacuation orders were downgraded to alerts for the following properties:

10910 BOND RD

10950 BOND RD

10990 BOND RD

11014 BOND RD

11062 BOND RD

11086 BOND RD

11140 BOND RD

11140A BOND RD

11150 BOND RD

11170 BOND RD

11180 BOND RD

11210 BOND RD

11230 BOND RD

11250 BOND RD

11270 BOND RD

1-11290 BOND RD

10-11290 BOND RD

11-11290 BOND RD

12-11290 BOND RD

13-11290 BOND RD

14-11290 BOND RD

15-11290 BOND RD

16-11290 BOND RD

17-11290 BOND RD

18-11290 BOND RD

19-11290 BOND RD

2-11290 BOND RD

20-11290 BOND RD

3-11290 BOND RD

4-11290 BOND RD

5-11290 BOND RD

6-11290 BOND RD

7-11290 BOND RD

8-11290 BOND RD

9-11290 BOND RD

11310 BOND RD

11310A BOND RD

11330 BOND RD

11350 BOND RD

11370 BOND RD

11390 BOND RD

11410 BOND RD

11430 BOND RD

11470 BOND RD

11121 CEMETERY RD

11131 CEMETERY RD

11141 CEMETERY RD

11151 CEMETERY RD

11175 CEMETERY RD

11190 CEMETERY RD

11200 CEMETERY RD

11210 CEMETERY RD

11220 CEMETERY RD

11230 CEMETERY RD

11240 CEMETERY RD

11250 CEMETERY RD

11298 CEMETERY RD

11374 CEMETERY RD

11399 CEMETERY RD

11424 CEMETERY RD

11450 CEMETERY RD

11476 CEMETERY RD

11491 CEMETERY RD

11524 CEMETERY RD

11551 CEMETERY RD

1949 DAVIDSON RD

2115 DAVIDSON RD

2139 DAVIDSON RD

2019 NYGREN RD

2061 NYGREN RD

2064 NYGREN RD

2085 NYGREN RD

2111 NYGREN RD

People who live at these residents can return home but since they are still on alert, they still have to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. For a map of evacuation orders and alerts visit cordemergency.ca/map.

The Clarke Creek wildfire has been part of the Grouse Complex since Saturday night. It is a Grouse Complex with the Walroy Lake wildfire in Kelowna and the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna.

Transport Canada and the BC Wildfire Service prohibit the use of drones of any size near a wildfire. The operation of any aircraft not associated with fire suppression activities within a radius of five nautical miles around a fire, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), is illegal. Anyone found interfering with wildfire control efforts may face penalties up to $100,000 and or up to one year in jail.

Black Press Media will keep updated throughout the day.


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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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