A Kelowna water tender returns from Manuel’s Canyon Road to refill. (Lyonel Doherty / Aberdeen Publishing)
By Lyonel Doherty
Although still out of control, the Eagle Bluff fire at 2,260 hectares is burning “largely away from communities,” according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The general direction of fire growth continues to be south and southeast.
It is anticipated the fire will see growth in the next few days, which is a “positive thing” because it will allow it to move into safer, more workable terrain for crews.
“The growth in size is occurring away from communities and will allow safer working spaces for all resources on the fire,” BC Wildfire says.
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Yesterday firefighters conducted a successful planned ignition (approximately 0.5 km) east of the Mud Lake area, south towards the McKinney Road area.
Fire activity was backing down above Manuel’s Canyon Road Thursday night, however, no structures were impacted and sprinkler protection crews monitored the situation.
The Eagle Bluff fire continues to move eastward, parallel with the range fence line. Today, firefighters are working to complete guard construction and hose lay along the southwest flank to Manuel’s Canyon Road, as well as southeast from Manuel’s Canyon Road to McKinney Road.
Crews are also working to secure the west flank above Gallagher Lake and continue to protect hydro powerline infrastructure.
Other objectives include preventing the fire from spreading south to the Inkaneep Reserve.
A planned burn is scheduled for this afternoon, pending favourable conditions. This burn will occur north of McKinney Road and east of Manuel’s Canyon Road. This burn-out will be very visible to residents in the area.
Structure protection specialists are on scene and continue to monitor and assess residences in the evacuation alert area.
Today, protection crews are securing the sprinkler line behind Country Pines Mobile Home Park near Gallagher Lake.
A total of 173 firefighters are on site during the day, with 22 personnel overnight. Crews are anticipating forecasted winds and cooler temperatures.
Flames continue to scour hillsides above Manuel’s Canyon Road off McKinney Road this afternoon. BC Wildfire says the 2,260-hectare fire is burning away from communities at this time. (Lyonel Doherty / Aberdeen Publishing)