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Crews have Spallumcheen wildfire under control

Horsehoe Lake blaze contained at 4.2 hectares
Retardant being dropped on a wildfire burning in Spallumcheen Friday, July 7, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

The Horseshoe Lake wildfire in Spallumcheen has now been deemed under control.

Crews from the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department and BC Wildfire WILL remain on scene throughout the day to work on any hot spots as they occur.

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) remains active.

The blaze, sparked by lightning Friday, July 7 west of Otter Lake was an estimated 4.2 hectares as of Monday evening.

“As you know the terrain has been a challenge throughout firefighting efforts and the supports the Township has received by BC Wildfire and surrounding departments has been huge in our ability to get the fire to a ‘contained’ status,” said Cindy Webb, corporate officer. “Crews on site have been truly exceptional working long hours in difficult terrain and undertaking extreme physical labour in the heat. A huge thank you to the BC Wildfire teams for their assistance during this time.”

Trails on Mount Rose Swanson reopened to the public Sunday, July 9. The Township asks that those using the trails remain diligent.

Conditions are very dry and hot and everyone is reminded to use caution and if you see any fire activity call it in to BC Wildfire 1-800-663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone).

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