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Cool temperatures, rain ease Shuswap wildfire activity

Drivers in the area are reminded to slow down, use radios in active work site
A helicopter buckets forested areas over the Bush Creek East wildfire in the North Shuswap. (Rebecca Willson-Salmon Arm Observer)

The fight against the Bush Creek East wildfire is being helped by local rainfall.

BC Wildfire Service said on Saturday, Sept. 23 that the cloudy weather with scattered showers since early morning, along with temperatures hovering around 14 to 18 C and slightly higher humidity will cause reduced fire activity at the Bush Creek East blaze.

Seasonal temperatures, with overnight highs around 8 C, will help, although precipitation amounts remain low. BCWS also said no snow is expected yet.

Extinguishing hot spots along the fire’s perimeter and near urban structures remains the priority.

In Adams Lake, hot spots southwest of Tsalkom Mountain are being patrolled.

The north end of Meadows Creek is being watched as well, and ground crews and a specialized rap attack crew is working north of the hydro line and west of the Adams Plateau Forest Service Road, said BCWS. Cooling hot spots within the North Shuswap is also a focus.

In Agate Bay, crews are laying hose and constructing guards to the south and patrolling northeast of Fadear Lake. Heavy equipment is supporting ground crews with water delivery and some fire suppression gear is being demobilized where possible.

Direct attack and mop up work is being done up the Squilax Mountain and in the east gullet and hot spots are being extinguished southwest of the rail line, along Turtle Road and on top of the Squilax Mountain ridge.

Residents should still expect to see smoke and call in smoke coming from green, unburned areas.

BCWS warns that the area is still an active worksite with increased traffic on main routes, including the Adams West Forest Service Road. BCWS reminds drivers to slow down, use radios to call in kilometres where it is required and stay alert.

Read more: VIEWPOINT: North Shuswap residents heroes after the firestorm

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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