The Puntzi Lake wildfire is now 67% contained.
Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire behavior Sunday was not as aggressive as expected and adds that crews continue to work towards full containment through direct attack, ignition operations, mop up and patrol of the quieter areas.
Dozer guard has been established around the majority of the fire perimeter and direct attack efforts from the crews have successfully increased the containment of the fire.
Epp says the majority of the fire activity remained within the control lines; although, there was one escape that grew to five hectares with Rank 4 fire behavior.
The fire is estimated at 8,142.0 hectares.
A wildfire 10 km south of Riske Creek at Bald Mountain is 100% contained meanwhile with crews focusing on mop-up of the fire and patrolling for any hot spots.
It’s burning at 655.0 hectares.
Epp says the Cariboo Fire Centre is taking note of severe thunderstorm watches that as of Monday afternoon have been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel.
“Currently Environment Canada is forecasting some increased thundershower activity in the eastern portion of the Fire Centre.”
“So in the Chilcotin, we’re expecting just higher winds but not much rain. So that definitely means we won’t be getting the rain that will lower the fire danger rating and also with the increase of lightning we’re anticipating some new fire starts.”
“We will be keeping patrols out looking for those and encourage the public to report any smoke to flames they may see.”