Meachen Creek Incident Update - September 5th

September 4, 2018

An 8-person Incident Management Team from Alberta has assumed command of these fires.

The Meachen Creek Fire (N11886) 
9113 hectares in size (mapped) 
40 firefighting personnel on site
5 helicopters are assigned to the complex 
4 pieces of heavy equipment

This wildfire is in the Kianuko Provincial Park and the Meachen Creek drainage, approximately 4 kilometres southwest of St. Mary Lake and is classified as Out of Control.

All containment lines have continued to hold in the northeast corner and there has been no further encroachment towards the St. Mary Lake community. The Meachen Fire is now 70% contained. Today’s objectives will be much the same as Monday. Crews will continue establishing hose lines around the excursion. When safe to do so, helicopters with buckets will be used to support the suppression efforts. Crews will work the lower end of the spine in the northeast corner and bucket hot spots as required. Structural protection will continue in zones 1 and 2. There are currently crews from BC and New Zealand working on the fire.

Weather Forecast:
Wednesday: Mix of Sun and Smoke. Temperatures in the mid-twenties with relative humidity values near 22%. Winds out of the North to Northeast of 8km/hr to 15km/hr.