Panorama shot from Ashcroft Reserve

Panorama shot from Ashcroft Reserve

Wildfire keeps Ashcroft busy

The evacuation notice for the Spatsum Creek fire has been rescinded, but the fire continues to burn. More information in the Police Report.

The Spatsum Creek wildfire isn’t out, but fire fighters feel they have it under control. Spotty showers, cooler temperatures, and decreased winds, have allowed them to make good headway on Tuesday. With no additional growth on Monday, the fire remains estimated at 1400 hectares in size.

Evacuation orders for resident in the outlying area were lifted Monday night around 6 pm.

Ashcroft Administrator Michelle Allen said the Ashcroft Fire Dept. went up to Sundance Sunday night with Fire Protection Branch, but were able to stand down shortly afterwards. She said the Village Office was busy Monday issuing permits to residents who wanted to get back onto their properties to feed their animals.

Over 110 fire fighters are were site Tuesday, assisted by six helicopters and five water tenders. More crews are continuing to arrive and a Type One Incident Management Team is now in place. A fire camp is planned for Wednesday.

This fire still continues to challenge crews due to steep slopes, rocky terrain, and windy conditions. Fire fighters will continue to build guard around the fire’s perimeter and helicopters will provide bucketing support.