Updated: Wildfire begins burning near Whitecroft


8:40 p.m. update – BC Wildfire is reporting suppression efforts on the Heffley Louis Creek Rd. fire have been “quite successful.”

Seventeen firefighters will remain on site, along with one water tender and one excavator. Air support has been shut down for the evening.

The fire remains estimated at 1.2 hectares and is also still classified as out of control.

The next update will be tomorrow morning.

6:40 p.m. update – The Heffley Louis Creek Rd fire is now 1.2 hectares and is being fought with 17 firefighters, two skimmers (fixed wing aircraft) and one helicopter.

It is still classified as out of control. Ground crews are working on establishing containment lines and are supported by aircraft. BC Wildfire describes the area as rugged and “heavily timbered.”

At this point it is not known the blaze will be contained or extinguished.

5:00 pm update – BC Wildfire said crews are continuing to work on containment, however no figures are yet available from crews on the ground.

BC Wildfire crews are attacking a 0.7 hectare fire on the west side of the Whitecroft valley that was reported the afternoon of July 26.

As of 2:30 p.m. the fire was about halfway up the mountain, having grown since the first report.

Ten aircraft were on scene, one helicopter, three tankers, six water skimmers. A ground crew is en route to help battle the fire. BC Wildfire Service said the cause of the fire is lightning.

It has been named the Heffley Louis Creek Road fire.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.