Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

The BC Wildfire Service has reported that the Horsethief Creek fire is being ‘held,’ meaning it is not expected to grow beyond its current size of 3,918 hectares.

“The wildfires that comprise the Horsethief Complex have stabilized, (and) all evacuation alerts and orders have been rescinded,” it says.

Resources across the Horsethief Complex have downsized where they are no longer required, and guards to protect priority areas have been established and tested. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fires, extinguish any hotspots and strengthen containment in priority areas. Drone scans are ongoing to identify areas where heat remains so crews can extinguish them.

The BC Wildfire Service advises the public to stay out of these fire areas, even when area restrictions are not in place.