Local crews saving homes

Some North Okanagan firefighters are currently stationed in Rock Creek, doing their part to help save homes from the aggressive blaze

Some North Okanagan firefighters are currently stationed in Rock Creek, doing their part to help save homes from the aggressive blaze.

Support from the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department was requested late Thursday to help in the attack with its Structural Protection Unit. Several Armstrong firefighters also joined the efforts.

“We worked a 22-hour shift that day,” said BX-Swan Lake chief Bill Wacey. “We got the call at 10 p.m., we were there by 11 and into staging at 2:15.”

The Rock Creek fire is now 25 per cent contained but has grown to more than 4,000 hectares, and has destroyed 30 homes plus 15 additional structures. But the local SPU and members have helped to save several homes in the area.

“There’s three ranches that were close to being the next block going up,” said Wacey.

The local firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

“They’re going to be there for a while,” said Wacey, who has more members on standby to swap out.

“It’s been a real good collaborative effort.”

BC Wildfire Service crews are working with structural protection firefighters from throughout the region to protect life and property in the area.