Burn operations are being considered for two of the larger wildfires in the North Okanagan.
BC Wildfire Service spokesperson Shelley Zupp said the tactic may be used at both Harris Creek and Mabel Creek fires this week, depending on conditions.
“There are 35 firefighters on site today,” Zupp said of the Harris Creek wildfire. “The crews are blacklining the strategic areas and, if conditions are deemed ideal, burn operations will take place later in the week in order to tie into the north flank.”
The Harris Creek wildfire stands at 511 hectares in size.
Zupp said a similar tactic is being considered for the larger Mabel Creek which is over 18-hundred hectares in size.
“There are several factors that go into deciding whether to burn or not, to do a planned ignition, and the experts make that decision….It’s not a thing they do lightly.”
Zupp said no firefighters were on the Sugar Mountain fire today although it was being monitored.
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to be at the site of the Harris Creek fire as of tomorrow.