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Bear Creek fire is now 100 per cent contained

By Contributor
September 8th, 2011

The Bear Creek fire near Kelowna is now 100 percent contained.

After minimal fire behaviour and no growth overnight, 40 Wildfire Management Branch firefighters have returned to the Bear Creek fire today to extinguish hot spots from the perimeter into the interior of the fire. So far, firefighters have extinguished 15 metres in.

The progress on this fire is due to the hard work of firefighters. Throughout the incident Wildfire Management Branch fire fighters worked closely with firefighters from the Western Kelowna and the Wilson’s Landing fire departments.

Strong winds are forecasted for late this afternoon, and, if they materialise, will result in increased smoke and fire activity within the fire perimeter.

Flare ups, well within the perimeter of the fire are expected, and will be particularly visible to those in the area at night. A night crew of firefighters is expected to work again this evening to patrol for any possible excursions.

Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue throughout the week and the public is reminded a campfire ban remains in effect in the Merritt and Lillooet fire zones. An open burning ban also remains in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

It is important no campfires are left unattended and recreationalists comply with campfire bans and open burning restrictions.

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