The Stickpin wildfire burning in northern Ferry County, Washington, 4.5 kilometres south of the Canada-United States border (near Grand Forks) is now estimated at 16,830 hectares. The BC Wildfire Service is working closely with fire agency representatives in the United States to coordinate wildfire response for this incident.
A BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team completed preliminary reconnaissance of the northern flanks of the fire today. Sustained action crews and equipment will be arriving in Washington tonight and tomorrow morning to aid in suppression and containment of the northern flanks of this wildfire. Border Services in both countries have been supportive in expediting the deployment of firefighting resources.
The BC Wildfire Service is working with structural protection firefighters from the Boundary region to assess properties and deploy sprinkler protection units to areas which could potentially become threatened by this wildfire. BC Wildfire Service firefighters and heavy equipment have been prepositioned in Grand Forks and Christina Lake should this wildfire threaten the border. Residents will be notified if an Evacuation Alert or Order is put in effect.
If required, BC Wildfire Service airtankers may use Christina Lake for air operations. An Air Attack Officer flying in a smaller “bird-dog” or lead aircraft will sound an alarm over the area prior to airtankers landing in the lake. For the safety of firefighting personnel and the public, recreational boaters are asked to avoid using the lake during these operations. Safe fire suppression efforts depend on the support and understanding of the public.