BC Wildfire Services posted a final daily post at about 9pm on Facebook, as follows:
“We’re signing off for the evening with another update from the Coastal Fire Centre on the Tugwell Creek fire. Strong winds and difficult fuel types have posed a challenge when responding to this fire, but crews are working hard with support from helicopters and air tankers to build guard. The fire is currently 100 hectares and 10% contained, and crews will continue to work overnight.
“If anything urgent happens throughout the night we will post updates as information becomes available.”
At 6pm, they updated their information stating the fire had grown from 60 to 85 ha.
“BC Wildfire Service is marshaling more resources to suppress this fire including another 20 firefighters en route (bringing the total to 75), two more helicopters en route (total of six) along with the resources already at work. An Incident Management Team will also be located locally to manage the fire on site.”
In case your keeping track, when the fire was first discovered on July 2, it was under 2 hectares (ha). By July 3 it had grown to 10 ha. And by July 4, it grew to 100 ha. It’s fair to say that wind was in the forecast, and substantial rainfall was not at the time of discovery.
They have also changed their terminology, going from speaking of containment (eg, 10 per cent contained) to calling it controlled or out of control. This fire is both 10 per cent contained, and out of control.
If it helps you sleep tonight, keep in mind that the fire is still NOT listed as a “Fire of Note,” which is terminology used to say that human habitat and structures are at risk. As it stands right now nothing human-relate is threatened. Also rest assured that all local fire stations are paying close attention to this one. Lastly, keep in mind the exceptional response of fire fighting crews in the interior during last year’s record-breaking number of forest-fires. If it gets to that, trust that the information will be delivered timely and effectively.
While SPN is not staffed 24/7, should we learn something new, we will post it as soon as humanly possible.
- Final update, Tugwell Fire 100% contained
- Sunday progress report on the Tugwell Creek fire
- Out of danger, under control, the fire suppression work continues
- Update on Friday’s update on the Tugwell fire
- Effective Tugwell fire suppression efforts continue
- Tugwell fire now 50% contained
- Letter: Tugwell forest fire “inspires” call for clearcut ban, even on private land
- Tugwell fire now down to 84ha
- Tugwell fire, July 5: Still at 100ha, no danger to people or structures at this time
- Tugwell fire grows to 85ha
- Tugwell fire now 60ha and growing, 10% contained, still out of control
- UPDATED: Tugwell fire is 10ha in size, listed as “out of control”