UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.
Six crew members and an aircraft were assigned to tackle the fire on the eastern flank after an excursion travelled beyond the retardant line in the Christie Mountain Wildfire.
“Crews that were assigned to that excursion have had very good progress, and they are going to continue mopping it up tomorrow morning,” said Marg Drysdale, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service.
“It’s been fairly quiet and fairly routine right now, we’re in that mode where crew are just getting down to work, working on perimeters, getting it to a position where they can change the status.”
While the status on the fire remains as being held, BC Wildfire Service is hoping to upgrade that status in a few days.
“It’s making very good progress.”
UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.
The Christie Mountain Wildfire is still classified as being held by the BC Wildfire Service.
“It is a small excursion and it’s only about one to two hectares, not anything too much to worry about,” said Greg Jonuk, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service.
Crews anticipate the part of the fire that has grown past retardant lines could be addressed by the end of day.
UPDATE: 2:05 p.m.
The BC Wildfire Service says the small growth on the Christie Mountain Wildfire’s East flank is nothing to worry about, and crews are working to contain it.
“It’s just a small area that has gone outside the mapped fire boundary,” said Greg Jonuk, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service. “We don’t know the size of the area at this point, but it’s just a small little bit, no one’s really concerned.
“The reason we why we wanted to communicate that, is in case members of the public do see a plume of smoke, they’re comforted that we know about it and our firefighters are on it.”
While BC Wildfire Service crews were doing hand ignitions on the eastern flank of the fire, Jonuk says he doesn’t know if that played a role in the growth of the fire over the retardant lines.
“I know that that’s always a concern of the public when we do hand ignitions, if things like that escape, but I can tell you that we wouldn’t be doing them if we didn’t have confidence that it’s the right measure to do at that time,” Jonuk said.
“Conditions are well within what crews feel comfortable doing it in.”
ORIGINAL: 11:30 a.m.
The Christie Mountain wildfire is not giving up without a fight.
While the large wildfire was declared “held” last week, the BC Wildfire Service said Saturday morning that part of the fire has grown past retardant lines on the eastern flank of the fire.
“The fire moved out of an area that was inaccessible for crews, past a retardant line and down into a ravine,” the BC Wildfire Service posted on social media. “Crews are actively working the area with air support.”
BC Wildfire Service crews were hand igniting small pockets of fuels on the eastern flank, but it’s unclear if those ignitions caused this recent growth in the fire. These hand ignitions were done to “reduce fire behaviour and to bring the fire to more accessible ground for crews to solidify control of the fire.” Castanet has reached out to the BC Wildfire Service for more detailed information.
The eastern flank of the fire is away from any of the homes that had been previously threatened.
Last Tuesday, residents of the 319 homes that were evacuated in the Heritage Hills neighbourhood were allowed back home. One home in the neighbourhood was destroyed in the fire the week prior.
That same day, the BC Wildfire Service classified the 2,122.5-hectare fire as held, meaning they didn’t believe the fire would spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries.
UPDATE: 7:30 p.m.
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