WILLIAMS LAKE (NEWS 1130) – After more than two months of hard work by fire crews, one of the largest wildfires in the province this summer is now 100 per cent contained.
The Hanceville-Riske Creek fire southwest of Williams Lake tore through nearly 2,400 square kilometers of land before crews got it fully under control.
Ellie Dupont with the BC Wildfire Service says about 50 firefighters and some helicopters are still taking care of the last hot spots along the perimeter, but the camp that was set up in Riske Creek is being taken down, and the equipment is either being sent back to where it came from, or to another fire.
“It’ll be turned over to the zone office and the fire centre, they will be still doing the monitoring, like they’ll do fly-overs or have crew in the areas if anybody spots any smoke or anything like that after the time that we leave, there’ll be people around,” Dupont explains.
“It’s a big relief to everybody that this is all coming to an end, and of course, you know with the weather getting colder at night and more recovery, which means more moisture in the air, has really been a big help to firefighters on the line.”
Several evacuation orders in the area have been downgraded to alerts, and some alerts have even been lifted.