BC Wildfire Service Fire Information Officer Forrest Tower says it is mostly due to logistics…
“Currently we’re operating out of the Prince George fire zone office and it’s just a bit of driving to get to the fire to get to the fire. So really it’s just for crews to be able to get to the fire line quicker and not have to drive the three-four hours a day that they are currently doing.”
Tower says it will be located about 27 kilometers east of the Comstock Lake wildfire and also near the 600 fire and the fire just north of Batnuni Lake…
“There will be upwards of 200 people in the camp when it opens tonight. Currently we have 54 fire fighters on the west division of the Comstock Lake fire, and then another 65 fire fighters on the east division. We have 19 fire fighters on the 600 road fire and 56 fire fighters on the Batnuni Lake fire and those kind of shift as operations demand within the fires, so in the complex we’re upwards of 200 people now.”
There hasn’t been much change on all three of those fires in the past 48 hours….
“The Comstock Lake is estimated at 2,750 hectares. It hasn’t really grown in the last couple of days, activity has been fairly low. The 600 road fire is 69 hectares and the northwest of Batnuni Lake is 150 hectares estimated and on all three of those fires we haven’t seen much activity. Air tankers were working the Comstock Lake fire yesterday and the day before just to assist as it was a bit windy out there, just laying some retardant down to assist with the crews there.”
Tower says Comstock remains 10 1/2 kilometers from Titetown, so no structures are being threatened at this time.