The Sabiston Creek Wildfire has grown to an approximate 200 hectares in size. Craig Smith photo.

Sabiston Creek Wildfire “being held” at 202.5 hectares

Changing weather conditions “bode well” for the fire

UPDATE: At 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7, fire information officer Marla Catherall confirmed that the classification of the Sabiston Creek Wildfire has changed and the fire is now being held. B.C. Wildfire does not anticipate any further spread beyond the existing boundary.

“It’s looking really good,” said Catherall. “We have 20 personnel on site today. We actually have [the fire] at 202.5 hectares, and that’s just due to more accurate mapping.”

Catherall says no B.C. Wildfire personnel stayed on site last night, and she does not anticipate personnel will be on site overnight this evening either, as today’s changing weather conditions have been favourable and precipitation bodes well for the fire.

EARLIER: At 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 fire information officer Taylor MacDonald of the Kamloops Fire Centre confirmed that the Sabiston Creek Wildfire near Savona has now grown to an estimated 200 hectares in size.

Due to more accurate mappings, MacDonald says that ground crews were able to confirm the fire’s growth today.

Read more: Update: Wildfire near Savona grows to 100 hectares

“Ground crews will be conducting a burn out today in order to burn small pockets of fuel between the control line and the fire’s edge,” said MacDonald. “This ensures that we have the burns in a controlled environment instead of having these pockets ignite in unsupervised and uncontrolled environments.”

33 B.C. Wildfire personnel are still on site at the Sabiston Creek Wildfire, which began yesterday afternoon and resulted in the temporary closure of Highway 1, which has since reopened. B.C. Hydro customers were also temporarily affected.

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