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Drinkwater Road fire near Spences Bridge in B.C. Interior listed as Being Held

Fire, estimated at 51 hectares, is burning on opposite side of Thompson River from Trans-Canada Hwy.
A fire burning on the east side of the Thompson River near Spences Bridge on the afternoon of May 24. (Photo credit: Facebook)

UPDATE MAY 25: As of the afternoon of Saturday, May 25, the Drinkwater Road wildfire was an estimated 51 hectares and is Being Held, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

According to BCWS, Being Held means ‘A wildfire that is projected, based on fuel and weather conditions and resource availability, to remain within the current perimeter, control line or boundary.’


ORIGINAL STORY: The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a wildfire approximately five kilometres north of Spences Bridge.

The Drinkwater Road wildfire (K60395) is reported to be 10 hectares in size. It is on the east side of the Thompson River above the CPKC mainline in an area of steep hillside and scattered trees.

The wildfire is displaying rank 3 and 4 fire behaviour, meaning a vigorous surface fire with a moderate rate of spread. No structures are currently threatened.

Taylor Colman, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, says that the fire was first reported in the late afternoon of Friday, May 24.

“We don’t have a lot of information right now,” she told Black Press shortly after 4:30 p.m. on May 24.

“Three initial attack crews with a wildfire officer are en route. It was discovered within the last hour or so, and is estimated to be 10 hectares right now, but once crews are on site we’ll have a better idea of the size and what it’s like on the ground.”

Colman added that two helicopters were also en route to the wildfire. A birddog is also on site.

The fire is on the opposite side of the river to the Trans-Canada Highway, and travel along the corridor is not affected. Colman also says that rail traffic on the CPKC mainline is not affected at this time.

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Barbara Roden

About the Author: Barbara Roden

I joined Black Press in 2012 working the Circulation desk of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal and edited the paper during the summers until February 2016.
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