One of the aircraft being used to fight the wildfire on Angle Mountain takes water from Little Shuswap Lake.-Image credit: Rick Koch

Angle Mountain fire grows slightly

Blaze is moving uphill, away from the community of St. Ives.

The wildfire on Angle Mountain has grown overnight to eight hectares but is moving uphill and away from the community of St. Ives.

A total of 25 firefighters and a helicopter continue to work on the fire, which is not yet contained.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Protective Services team leader Derek Sutherland says Wildfire BC firefighters have set up sprinklers at the lower end of the fire, which is in steep and difficult terrain.

“It’s not contained yet but it sounds like they’re making good progress,” he said Thursday.

Sutherland says Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) officials met with members of the Anglemont Fire Department on Tuesday night. They are helping Wildfire BC by keeping watch on the fire overnight and are ready to put an interface fire plan in place if it becomes necessary.

On standby, is one of SEP’s structural protection units rigged out with hoses of several sizes. They can be used to protect up to 25 structures, depending on size of property, the number of structures and their proximity to one another.

There is concern that the weather might be pose a problem later Thursday.

Environment Canada forecasts a 40 per cent chance of showers later this afternoon with the risk of thunderstorms. Wind is expected to be light except gusting to 60 km/h near thunderstorms this afternoon.

Sutherland says the Emergency Social Services reception centre located in the Prestige Harbourfront Resort has registered some 700 evacuees from other wildfires and has put out the word that evacuees from Wednesday’s Monte Lake fire are welcome here too.