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Tentfire Creek fire grows to 715 hectares, fire guards being built

Tentfire Creek fire sits at 715 hectares, EOC still active. Fire guards are being built to cover the east and west flanks of the fire.
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The Tentfire Creek wildfire near Monkman Provincial Park.

Update:

The fire at Tentfire Creek has grown to 715 hectares, while the fire at Hook Creek and Imperial Creek have reduced to 180 after 10 mm of rain was received over July 4.

A contingency guard was put in place over the weekend by the BC Wildfire Service, with more being built near the Murray Forest Service Road (FSR) to cover the west and east flanks of the fire. 

The District of Tumbler Ridge is also asking residents not to fly drones in the area, after several were sighted taking shots and footage of the fires. Drones inhibit the air operations of the B.C. Wildfire Service and carry a hefty fine - $25,000 and up to 18 months in jail if caught. 

The restricted area is within a radius of five nautical miles around the fires and to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level. 

2021-Tentfire Creek Fire - July 5 by Tom Summer on Scribd

 

Original story:

The Tentfire Creek fire near Tumbler Ridge has grown to 650 hectares, with a third fire breaking out in the region. A 0.3 hectare fire was discovered near Sukunka Falls Provincial Park. The 36 hectare fire at Hook Creek and Imperial Creek continues to burn, but showing little growth.

It's suspected all three fires were caused by lightning strikes, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. A closure ordered was also issued for Monkman Provincial Park on July 2, keeping recreational users out of the area and out of harm's way. 

The District of Tumbler Ridge activated their Emergency Operations Centre at a level 1, as noted in a media release. They will continue monitoring the situation over the weekend, working alongside the B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Management B.C.

"Emergency preparedness is an invaluable tool to help keep you and your families’ safe in the event that you may need to leave quickly," writes the district in their release. 

They add that residents with respiratory conditions should take the proper precautions, as significant smoke is expected in the area from the fires. 

20210702 Wildfire Release by Tom Summer on Scribd