Crews battle fires near Lac la Hache, Houston


Lac la Hache forest fire. BC Wildfire Service photo

Lac la Hache forest fire. BC Wildfire Service photo

A 36-hectare forest fire near Lac la Hache is classified as being 100 per cent contained, but out of control, by the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The lightning-caused fire is not ‘being held’ at this time because although there are control lines around 100 per cent of the fire, the Wildfire Service is not confident it will not spread beyond control lines. Crews are working to reinforce control lines.

The wildfire service currently has 45 firefighters, one helicopter, and one piece of heavy equipment battling the fire, which started Friday

Owen Lake fire

Eighty firefighters are battling the Owen Lake fire south of Houston, which started Friday. The fire is currently 75 hectares in size and is now classified as “being held.”

Sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions. It is burning three kilometres south of Owen Lake, and roughly 40 kilometers south of Houston. Smoke from this fire may be visible from Houston.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.