Latest news: 2:30 pm, Aug 11. WMB had a helicopter bucketing out of Little Gun Lake for fire K70582 (east of Downton-Lajoie BR. 2) and out of Gun Lake for fire K70589 (Northwest of Gun Lake, south of Slim Creek). Both fires are now in mop-up.
K70582 – North of Downton FSR
One Initial Attack Crew is on site, estimated at 0.1of a hectare, burning rank 2 (little or no spread, but has open flame) Burning in brush and heavy timber. Crews have requested an additional 5 pack and a heli to support.
K70578 – Mount Williams
Rap Crew deployed this morning, fire is 10ft x 10ft, and just smouldering. Will be on site to extinguish today.
K70567 – Kingdom Lake
Spot sized lightning fire, 5 firefighters on site working to extinguish today.
K70556 – 19km Highline Road
Air tankers are on site already this morning. Fire is estimated at 1.2 hectares, burning rank 2, minimal spread. 1 helicopter and 10 firefighters are working the blaze.
A mudslide across the Truax Road this morning, has closed access to the fire. We are flying the 18 firefighters to the site, and working on re-establishing road access. The fire did take rain last night, but smoke is still visible from the smouldering ground fire. The fire is now GPS’d at 8 hectares (was estimated at 12).
This is a 12 h - Category 3 (fairly intense) fire. It is currently being actioned by 1 Air Tanker & 2 more are on their way. This fire has been assigned a Fire Info Officer & as I get information I will share with you. I will also put this info on my blog, www.debbiedemare.com shortly.
Sal and I went out on the Lake and you can definitely see smoke in this area and also could see the air tanker auctioning.
I will update this blog as information becomes available & if needed!