Update: wind expected to affect Wild Rose Bay fire

Fire was spotted by St. Ives residents this morning.

Update 2:08 p.m. July 23:

Seven firefighters are on their way from Vernon to fight the Wild Rose Bay fire.

The fire was reported this morning by members of the public who live near St. Ives.

According to Max Birkner, a Fire Information Officer working from the Kamloops Fire Centre, aircraft in the area working on the Angle Mountain fire across the lake near Anglemont could be used to fight this fire, but are not needed at this time.

Birkner said the fire is not near any buildings and crews will probably not have direct road access to it.

The Kamloops Fire Centre expect a wind event in the Shuswap at approximately 3 p.m. today.

“That is going to dictate most likely how they go about fighting that fire,” Birkner said.

According to an Environment Canada special weather statement issued at 11:00 a.m. today, wind gusts as high as 60 km/h can be expected in the Shuswap and other parts of the southern Interior.

Across the lake from Wild Rose Bay, crews are still battling the Angle Mountain fire which started on July 20.

Birkner said the fire was hit hard with skimmer aircraft throughout this morning; he described it as smouldering ground fire.

A wildfire service unit crew is expected to be on site to battle the Angle Mountain fire tomorrow.

A Rapattack crew rappelled into the area and started building a helipad but had to pull out yesterday due to fire danger. A Rapattack crew is expected to return to the area to complete the helipadso the unit crew can be helicoptered in to work on the fire.

Original Story:

A crew of firefighters is currently en route from Vernon to the Eagle Bay Area to fight a fire which was reported by St. Ives residents this morning.

The fire is being called the Wild Rose Bay fire and is currently listed as .01 hectares in size.

More to come.

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