Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff

For now, cooler weather is a new friend to crews in the Horsethief Creek wildfire.

Sunday brought cooler temperatures with a high of 21 C, and heavy smoke through the Columbia Valley that may clear somewhat in the afternoon, reports the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

Winds are expected to be light but conditions remain dry despite higher relative humidities overnight. Showers, cloudiness and lower temperatures are forecast for early in the week, the BCWS says.

Firefighters are patrolling and mopping up along the Law ridge. Crews will patrol the Bruce Creek drainage and monitor the 14-kilometre guard on the northwest side of the fire.

The BCWS says the wind event on Friday tested containment lines and the fire remained within guards, with the exception of small spots that have been extinguished.

Structure protection has been demobilized in the Panorama area where it’s no longer required.

Resources across the Horsethief Complex are downsizing (including Mia and Yearling Creek fires) where they are no longer necessary. Guards to protect priority areas have been established and tested, and forecast weather conditions will be cool and showery. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fires, extinguish any hotspots and strengthen containment in priority areas.

Inside the cockpit.
(Photo by Chris Moseley)