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Hot spots being doused at Spallumcheen wildfire

Horseshoe Lake fire 3.22 hectares, lightning caused
The Horsehoe Lake wildfire in Spallumcheen is being held after it sparked Friday, July 7, 2023. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Crews remain on scene actioning hot spots at the Horseshoe Lake wildfire in Spallumcheen.

The fire is contained by Armstrong-Spallumcheen and BC Wildfire Service firefighters, who continue to work on the fire guard.

The fire is an estimated 3.22 hectares and suspected to have been caused by lightning on Friday, July 6.

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) remains active and there are no alerts in place as they were rescinded on Sunday, July 9.

“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, Spallumcheen corporate officer. “Crews on site have been truly exceptional working long hours in difficult terrain and undertaking extreme physical labour in the heat.”

Trails on Mount Rose Swanson reopened to the public Sunday. 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).

The Township website has information about how you can prepare your farm or home for a wildfire under our Emergency Info page

Further updates are expected at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, or as new information becomes available.

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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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