Campfire ban lifted for Vernon

Just in time for long weekend, campfire ban lifted, open fire prohibition remains in place

Recent rain showers helped smother two high-elevation fires and ease campfire restrictions.

Following Tuesday night’s rain, the campfire ban for the Vernon fire zone has been lifted, just in time for the long weekend.

The dump of rain also helped firefighters contain two wildfires.

The Mabel Lake fire is still at 40 hectares, but is now 80 per cent contained.

The Aberdeen Lake blaze is now 42 hectares and 30 per cent contained.

“Both did receive rain, although not too much,” said Kevin Skrepnek, fire centre information officer. “Any moisture helps, and it has certainly raised the humidity in both areas, making the situation less volatile for our crews.”

There are 42 personnel and three water tendors on site at the Mabel Lake and 48 personnel at Aberdeen.

Four helicopters are working on both incidents, and the same Incident Management Team is managing both incidents from the Vernon fire zone office at Predator Ridge.

Fire activity on both fires has subsided – rank 1 fire behaviour on the scale of 1-6.

“Mainly smouldering ground fires at this point,” said Skrepnek.

Environment Canada’s forecast for the weekend calls for sunshine with highs of 23 and 24 through to Tuesday. There is a 30 per cent chance of showers for Friday.

The open fire prohibition remains in place.