Skimmer aircraft of the type seen here were used to deal with the wildfire south of Rosswood. They skim bodies of water, gathering up water to then place on fires. (File photo)

Northwestern B.C. fire now ‘being held’

Crews now placing water lines around perimeter

The wildfire burning north of Terrace and just south of Rosswood is now officially in the “being held” status, reports the BC Wildfire Service today.

Casda Thomas from the service’s Northwest Fire Centre in Smithers said 31 firefighters are on the ground there today after successfully laying hose around the fire’s perimeter yesterday.

“Today crews are working on a 100 foot ‘wetline’ around the fire in order to contain any possible spread,” she said.

“This involves putting water on the blackened edge continuously around the perimeter.”

The wildfire service has two initial attack crews at the site — NW Juliet and NW Kilo — as well as other personnel.

Yesterday skimmer aircraft, so-called because they skim bodies of water to pick up water to then place on fires, helped establish a perimeter for ground crews.

There were no structures immediately threatened but crews did place protection equipment in the form of hoses at some places.

The fire was first reported Aug. 8 and at one time was listed at 50 hectares in size. It is reported as being human-caused.