Wildfire Update - July 27/21

July 27, 2021
BC Wildfire Services
Wildfires of Note

Thomas Creek (K51794)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 9:08 AM
Size: 7,279.0 hectares (estimated)
Status: Active
This fire is classified as Out of Control.
EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area D
News Article
Published: July 26, 2021

Octopus Creek (N51800)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM
Size: 14,238.0 hectares (estimated)
Status: Active
Fire behaviour is expected to remain low to moderate due to the lesser winds and smoke that is covering the wildfire from the sun. Smoke is likely to clear in some localized areas. This could indicate an increase in wind, which could intensify fire activity. Be aware that these conditions could change rapidly and fire behaviour could increase suddenly. The smoke is currently impeding most of the air support operations due to visibility and safety concerns for the pilots and firefighters. Airtankers will be utilized to support wildfire operations when visibility allows safe operations with the aircraft.

Trozzo Creek (N51705)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:57 AM
Size: 4,389.0 hectares
Status: Active
Clearing smoke on July 26 resulted in increased fire activity and crews successfully contained a spot fire on the top of Elliot Ridge. Nonetheless, ongoing dense smoke continues to limit visibility and safe access to the fire for fixed wind aircraft.
Evacuation Order is in effect.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has implemented an evacuation order and an evacuation alert in the vicinity of this fire. For the latest information on evacuation orders and alerts in RDCK, go to the Regional District of Central Kootenay website.

Nk'Mip Creek (K52061)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:08 AM
Size: 6,800.0 hectares
Status: Active
This wildfire is classified as Out of Control
Yesterday, fire activity was moderate with mostly surface fire and some trees torching. The fire was still active but not as challenging as previous days. Heavy equipment was able to make good progress on the eastern cat guard. Firefighting personnel and heavy equipment were on site overnight to protect structures in/near Shrike subdivision again however, fire behaviour was less intense than previous operational periods.
Today, Division A will be assessing danger trees near Shrike Hill. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up around Shrike and northern Nk�Mip Rd, burning off any unburnt fuel, reinforcing existing guards and extinguishing hotspots. FireSmart work on properties is ongoing. By removing available fuels from within home ignition zones and around facilities, fires are less likely to impact interface areas. Personnel will assess the Mt Baldy area for structure protection and containment needs.
Division Z is continuing structure protection near the Anarchist Mountain community. Patrols and mop up continue around Spirit Ridge on the fire�s southern perimeter and along southern Nk�Mip Rd. Crews are constructing and reinforcing hand guard to tie into machine guards on the fires south edge and eastward.
Heavy equipment is progressing with guard assessment and construction near Shrike and the contingency line near Mt Baldy and Sidley Meadows.
Conditions remain hot and dry. Fire growth has been observed but due to smoke conditions and fire behaviour, a track has not been able to be completed.

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary

Nk'Mip Creek Fire K52061

July 26, 2021, 4:00 PM PT