The wildfire that crews have been battling for the last five days in the North Shuswap is now classified as being held.
According to BC Wildfire, “being held” is classified as the blaze is not likely to spread further under the current forecasted conditions.
Crews remain on scene and will continue to watch the fire over the coming days.
BC Wildfire Service firefighters continued to work Monday on the Horseshoe Bay wildfire, which grew by a few hectares over the weekend.
As of May 2, the wildfire service had 20 personnel working on the North Shuswap fire, located north of Horseshoe Bay between Anglemont and St. Ives. The Anglemont Fire Department was supporting the effort.
A BC Wildfire Service helicopter was being used to transport gear and drop water on the fire, which grew Sunday from 15.7 to 18.5 hectares. A spokesperson with the wildfire service said the growth occurred at the top of the fire, and retardant was used there in response.
Despite its spread, the majority of the fire continued to fall under the Rank 1 classification (smouldering ground fire – white smoke, slow to spread and no open flame), with some spots at Rank 2 (low vigour surface fire – visible flame, slow to spread).
The BC Wildfire Service planned to add more personnel to the firefighting effort Monday.
Suspected to be person caused, the Horseshoe Bay wildfire was first reported on April 28.
It isn't even May yet and helicopters are bucketing water for a wildfire near #Anglemont. We have to take extra fire-safe precautions as conditions are already much drier than normal. pic.twitter.com/OwsJv2X9aY
— Allen Douglas (@ADouglasPhotos) April 29, 2022
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