Crews cautiously confident with expanded fire lines near 100 Mile House

By James Peters
July 12, 2017 - 12:00pm Updated: July 12, 2017 - 1:47pm

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — The weather is also helping efforts to contain the 5,000-hectare Gustafsen wildfire near 100 Mile House.

Fire Information Officer Heather Rice says the lack of wind has allowed crews to work on preventative tasks.

"We have had good success at increasing the size and capacity of all the fire lines," said Rice.

"We are feeling fairly confident that the fire will not see any significant growth in the near future, all depending on the wind of course."

Rice adds a burn-off planned for Tuesday has been pushed to Wednesday afternoon.

"They didn't quite have the weather conditions they were hoping for, so they did not do the main controlled burn that we are hoping to do — they might be doing that today. They did do some smaller controlled burns overnight, but they were quite small. What we are hoping to do is a slightly larger burn later this afternoon if weather is permitting," said Rice.



Residents in and around 100 Mile House remain subject to an evacuation order.

Rice says the blaze has not gone far past Watson Lake to the north, 101 Lake to the south and Big Lake to the west.

She notes not everything within that perimeter has been burned, but the fire has impacted structures in that zone.

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