Crews continue to battle Westside blaze

The Shelter Cove blaze was estimated at 460 hectares in size Thursday afternoon.

There was minimal growth to the Shelter Cove wildfire Thursday due to the efforts of B.C. Wildfire Service personnel and local firefighters.

The Westside Road blaze was estimated at 460 hectares in size Thursday afternoon.

“While fire behaviour was a smouldering ground fire for most of (Wednesday), crews did experience an increase in activity along the southern flank of the fire throughout the afternoon. This came as a result of higher temperatures and north-westerly winds pushing growth to the south,” said Melissa Klassen, fire information officer, in a press release.

“Air tankers responded to slow the rate of spread along the southern portion of the fire, where fire activity included open flame and some trees candling. Three helicopters also assisted ground crews in this region, bucketing pockets of active fire.”

More than 60 firefighters, including from the North Westside department, are assigned to this incident, along with one piece of heavy equipment and three water tenders.

This wildfire is still considered as potentially aggressive and as a result, the evacuation order remains in effect for 70 homes.

Those properties within the evacuation area are along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort, but not including La Casa, as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road.

As of Thursday, Westside Road remained closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort.