July 12, 2014 9:41 pm
Updated: July 13, 2014 2:51 pm

UPDATE: Crews ramp up attack team in fire fight near Sugar Lake

Courtesy: BC Wildfire Management Branch


UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: The wildfire spread to 33 hectares by Saturday night, but there has been no growth overnight. Fire crews have ramped up their fighting power, with two 20 person crews attacking the blaze, along with four water bombers. After having a tough time reaching the fire on foot due to steep and difficult terrain, crews were able to reach the wildfire Saturday evening.

SUGAR LAKE — What started as a two and a half hectare forest fire spread to 25 hectares by late Saturday afternoon. It’s suspected the blaze was caused by lightning.

The BC Wildfire Management branch is responding with nine aircraft and an attack crew on the ground. The air tankers have been able to lay down retardant, covering two-thirds of the fire’s perimeter, but the crews on foot are having a tough time reaching the forest fire because of steep and difficult terrain.

As of late Saturday afternoon, crews had not yet contained the fire, but it is in a remote area and isn’t threatening any structures.

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