Finlay Creek blaze now fully contained
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.”