A BC Wildfire helicopter drops water on the Clarence Lake Fire by Pinantan in the North Thompson on July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Ron Lines)

A BC Wildfire helicopter drops water on the Clarence Lake Fire by Pinantan in the North Thompson on July 2, 2021. (Facebook photo - Ron Lines)

NT Valley ranchers knock down birth of wildfire

A lightening strike in the Orchard Lake area of Heffley Creek in the North Thompson Valley could have quickly become a raging wildfire if not for the quick action of the Devick Ranch, and their friends and neighbours.

When the smoke was first spotted everyone jumped into action and did what had to be done to stop the fire.

On a Saturday morning, social media post,” Theresa Devick said she reported the fire to BC Wildfire on Friday, July 2, at 5 p.m., while those in the area went to fight the fire.

“All of Sullivan Valley came through with the family, and all worked together to contain it before bedtime,” told Devick. “We’re so thankful for having a good supply of surplus tractors and other equipment on hand at the ranch, plus lots of creek access to pump water from as well.

“Those fighting the fire were able to create a guard around it using the ranch’s heavy equipment, and more water is still being put on a few smoky spots.”

As a result of the quick response and quick actions from people in the area, Devick reports, “The kids were at home with all us momma’s on the ranch at the time, and all houses and animals are safe!

”Seriously, we are so grateful for all the amazing neighbours all around us.”

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Another lightening strike, most likely from the same storm that started the fire in the Orchard Lake area, started a fire just south of Pinatan, advised Ron Lines on social media Saturday morning.

Lines noted the fire was at Clarence Lake, just south of Pinatan, but was already knocked down and in the mop up phase.

“Crews are working on hot spots,” said Lines.

In a later post Lines reported the helicopter had left the site around 8 p.m. Friday, and all BC Wildfire personnel had also departed the site.

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