Fin­lay Creek blaze now fully con­tained

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN -

Crews had the Fin­lay Creek blaze fully con­tained as of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice.

The fire, which ig­nited Sept. 2, was be­ing held at 2,200 hectares, prompt­ing the Re­gional District of Okana­gan-Sim­ilka­meen to lift an evac­u­a­tion alert for 111 prop­er­ties west of Summerland.

A back­coun­try ban cov­er­ing about 80 square kilo­me­tres re­mains in place. It in­cludes Darke Lake Pro­vin­cial Park, Gar­net Lake and Munro Lake For­est Ser­vice Road.

Per­son­nel work­ing on the fire were ex­pected to spend Wed­nes­day con­duct­ing con­trolled burns along the east slope of Mount Acland and pa­trolling pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished guard lines.

“Al­though weather is cooler, gusts of wind are fore­casted out of the south­west, which could in­crease fire be­hav­iour in some ar­eas of the fire. Smoke will con­tinue to be vis­i­ble in sur­round­ing ar­eas for some time,” the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice said on its web­site.

Mean­while, the Di­a­mond Creek fire has scorched about 9,600 hectares in B.C. about 35 kilo­me­tres south­west of Kere­meos be­tween Cathedral and Man­ning pro­vin­cial parks. Be­cause it’s burn­ing in an un­in­hab­ited area, the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice is mon­i­tor­ing the blaze and “as­sess­ing and es­tab­lish­ing con­tin­gency lines well ahead of the fire as con­di­tions and ac­cess al­low.”

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