Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) says hot, dry winds will result in vigorous fire behaviour overnight and tomorrow during the Horsethief Creek wildfire.

Winds were predicted to be southwest before becoming north late in the afternoon. The afternoon change may bring lower temperatures but humidities are expected to remain low and winds expected to remain strong and gusty.

“The change brings a significant risk of flank fires becoming head fires with rapid spread,” the BCWS says. “Fire spread will be driven by strong, gusty winds. Spreading fires will exhibit intermittent to continuous crowning and spotting.”

Crews will ensure equipment is moved to safety zones and will ensure that Law Cabin is evacuated.

Preparation has begun for defensive operations around Panorama if required.

The BCWS reminds the public to stay clear of active work zones and remain outside of the “area restriction” for this fire. Evacuation alerts and orders remain in place.

The fire continues to be mapped at 3,918.5 hectares.

(Photo by BCWS)