Rain helps cool forest fire situation in B.C.

Cool and wet weather last weekend knocked back three area fires that had threatened structures

By Cam Fortems

Kamloops This Week

KTW photographer Allen Douglas took to the skies with firefighting personnel to get a bird’s-eye view of the Coldstream Creek fire south of Ashcroft. More of his photos can be seen below.

Cool and wet weather over the weekend knocked back three area fires that had threatened structures.

Both the Adams Lake West fire and Coldstream Creek fire, south of Ashcroft, are 100 per cent contained.

The Bolean Lake fire, which threatened cabins and a fishing resort in the mountains above Falkland, is 75 per cent contained.

The B.C. Wildfire Branch said increased manpower and the weather helped the cause.

“Definitely a combination of both,” spokeswoman Kelsey Winter said.

“We ramped up on all the fires. At the same time, there was a significant downturn in the weather.”

All evacuation alerts and orders have been rescinded.

Winter said high humidity also helps keep fuels from drying out.

Parts of the fire centre, including near Vernon and Salmon Arm, saw significant rainfall, as much as 38 millimetres.

The result is the fire risk has dropped substantially across the region.

However, the campfire ban remains.

Meanwhile, sunshine and high temperatures are returning, with Tuesday’s high of 27 to be followed by non-stop sunshine and highs into the mid-30s as the B.C. Day long weekend approaches.