Wildfires near Zeballos and its access road continue to burn, as the provincial wildfire authority fights dozens of blazes across the North Island.
Shayne McCool, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said on Tuesday that crews were working to protect hydro lines that power Zeballos and nearby communities.
“We’ve been focusing on protecting those power lines,” McCool said.
A heavy chopper has been bucketing along the hydro corridor and crews have been creating a “fuel free” zone around the lines, said McCool. He added that firefighters recently dumped fire retardant on the lines.
“There’s good protection on that area,” he said.
Steep terrain has made the blaze near Zeballos hard to reach for firefighters, but crews were preparing for a direct attack on the south flank, which is less mountainous, said McCool.
“It has burned in an area that is a little more accessible,” McCool said.
An evacuation alert was still in effect for the remote village of Zeballos, and six homes were under an evacuation order.
The fire remained out of control, but it was burning away from the community as firefighters maintained a wet line near the town to protect its structures.
The fire had reached an estimated 168 hectares by Tuesday morning, compared to 94 hectares last Thursday.
Resources slated for Zeballos on Tuesday included 11 firefighters, five of them working on structural protection, along with a chopper and one piece of heavy equipment, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
Other choppers may service Zeballos and various wildfires as needed, McCool said.
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