Structures destroyed in Puntzi Lake Fire in B.C.

Puntzi Lake Wildfire
Puntzi Lake Wildfire. Photo by British Columbia Wildfire Service.

Multiple structures have been destroyed in a 7,000-hectare (17,300-acre) wildfire at Puntzi Lake about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of Williams Lake, British Columbia.

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Structures destroyed on the Puntzi Lake Fire. Screen grab from video by Cariboo Regional District.

The Cariboo Regional District reported on July 10 that one resort, two permanent homes, one seasonal home and multiple outbuildings on a total of four properties were confirmed lost as a result of the Puntzi Lake fire. All affected property owners have been notified.

The video below shows the impacts to the structures near the shore of Puntzi Lake.

As of July 11 approximately 90 properties were affected by an Evacuation Order and 183 properties were in the Evacuation Alert area, according to the Cariboo Regional District.

Firefighting resources on scene July 11 from the BC Wildfire Service included two airtankers, four helicopters, 102 firefighters, 26 support personnel and 9 pieces of heavy equipment.

A single engine air tanker fighting the fire crashed in Puntzi Lake Friday afternoon, July 10. The Air Tractor 802-F Fire Boss amphibious air tanker was scooping water from the lake at about 2:15 p.m. when the Conair plane had some sort of difficulty and sank. The pilot was not injured, according to Bill Yearwood with Transportation Safety Board.

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Map of heat detected by a satellite on the Puntzi Lake Fire,  4 a.m. MT, July 11.
Puntzi Lake Wildfire
Puntzi Lake Wildfire July 9, 2015. Photo by British Columbia Wildfire Service.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Structures destroyed in Puntzi Lake Fire in B.C.”

  1. I am FBAN/IGSP on this incident. Been getting our butts handed to us the past couple days. Rained late yesterday and some today, so we caught a break…


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