Additional Resources On The Way to Kamloops From Province of BC
Kamloops, BC – The City of Kamloops has requested additional resources from the Province of BC, should they be needed, as the City continues to support the suppression efforts on the Kamloops East interface fire.
The resources include three Structural Protection Units (SPUs), which are trailers equipped with various equipment such as pumps, water bladders, hoses, and sprinklers, that can be deployed around structures as needed for extra protection.
The SPUs also come with personnel to deploy the equipment, which would allow the local Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) crews to remain focused on their established fire ground efforts.
“We are making sure we have the resources in this City for any possibility,” said KFR Chief Steve Robinson.
The Kamloops East interface fire is currently being held and there are currently no evacuation orders in effect.
The fire, adjacent to parts of the Valleyview and Juniper Ridge neighborhoods, flared up on Friday afternoon. The fires were caused by numerous lightning strikes in the Kamloops area Thursday night. As a result, The City of Kamloops activated its Emergency Operations Centre.
The City has established a unified command with KFR, RCMP, BC Ambulance and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to respond with all available resources, including air assets that are dropping water buckets and fire retardant on the area.
The City reminds all residents and businesses to immediately cease all irrigation to protect water supply for the fire crews.
For updates on this incident, please watch the emergency alerts posted on Kamloops.ca or call 250-828-3461.
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