Firefighters begin to contain wildfire in Tumbler Ridge as concerns grow amid possibility of reaching Alberta

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The branch says the next 24 hours will consist of directly attacking the flames and the building of a fireline, while they also plan to burry unburned fuels if conditions permit.

Helicopters continue to be used for bucketing and controlling spot fires and supporting the burning operations.  

The branch is reporting some growth towards the Alberta border and says they’re working with the Alberta Wildfire Management to coordinate joint efforts in the event the fire crosses the Alberta/British Columbia border.

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The 3 oil and gas camps are still under an evacuation order, although no infrastructure has been lost. The branch also says they’ve been working closely with the office of the Fire Commissioner with respect to structure protection, oil and gas industry and local resources.

There are currently 160 firefighters on scene, 83 support staff, 12 helicopters, 31 pieces of heavy equipment, a Type 1 IMT and structure protection units.

 

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