Increased fire activity anticipated on Testalinden Creek
OLIVER – Increased fire activity is expected on the Testalinden Creek wildfire over the next few days due to extremely dry conditions and gusty southerly winds.
The fire is now estimated at over 3100 hectares in size and has been growing in a northerly direction. It crossed containment lines previously established on the north side of Testalinden Creek due to the cold front and winds which came through on August 20. The fire has spilled over onto the steep south slopes of Hester Creek, however the fire perimeter remains 50 % contained. The north and west flanks continue to be the most active and are therefore top priorities for fire crews.
Over 160 firefighters, 12 helicopters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment are working hard to enhance fireguards and protect the community. Experts are continually assessing the best methods for firefighting in this terrain and that could include further burning out of forest fuels within and adjacent to the Hester Creek drainage in the coming days. Prior to this occurring, additional information will be provided as smoke and open flame could be visible to the community.
Weather forecasts are predicting southerly winds which could result in further fire growth. These winds will likely also push smoke into the valley from large fires burning in Washington State. If this happens, air operations on the Testalinden Creek wildfires could be restricted for safety concerns.