UPDATED: Fire evacuation alert cancelled

The blaze at Cooper Creek in rural Lumby continues to be tackled

Brydon Grace photo

UPDATED 1:03 p.m. MAY 24 – The Regional District of North Okanagan has cancelled the evacuation alert affecting homes along Cooper Road and Hurt Road in response to a fire in the Cooper Creek area.

The level one Emergency Operation Centre supporting the Creighton Creek flooding issues continues to be active.

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UPDATED 9:47 AM MAY 24 – Firefighters continue to tackle the Cooper Creek blaze two kilometres northwest of Lumby.

The fire broke out Tuesday night and is about four hectares in size as of Wednesday morning.

“The fire is currently being held,” said Justine Hunse, an information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service

There’s been an initial attack crew on scene as well as helicopters and air tankers.

One of the concerns for Wednesday is possible high winds.

“The situation is still developing and we will continue to monitor it,” said Hunse.

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UPDATED: Due to the potential for high winds and variable conditions, evacuation alerts have been issued by the RDNO for homes along Cooper Road and Hurt Road.

Further information will be provided should conditions change.

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A wildfire is being tackled in the hills above Lumby.

The blaze on Cooper Mountain was about eight hectares in size at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

An initial attack crew is on scene while air support is also providing assistance.

“They will help contain the spread of the fire especially with the windy conditions,” said Claire Allen, a fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Even with a lot of focus on flooding, Allen says wildfire season is here in the North Okanagan.

“We had a damp spring but there are quite dry conditions right now,” she said.

Brydon Grace shared dramatic footage of the fire below. **Warning: explicit language**