Crews get a handle on Westside Road blaze

Bear Creek forest fire on Westside Road 100 per cent contained

  • Sep. 9, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The Bear Creek forest fire on the south end of Westside Road is now 100 per cent contained.

Minimal fire behaviour and no growth overnight Wednesday allowed 40 wildfire management branch firefighters to return to the site Thursday to extinguish hot spots from the perimeter into the interior of the fire.

“The progress on this fire is due to the hard work of the firefighters,” said Lindsay Carnes, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre.

“Throughout the incident, wildfire management branch firefighters worked closely with firefighters from West Kelowna and Wilson’s Landing fire departments.”

As a result, the Regional District of Central Okanagan emergency operation centre cancelled all of the alerts pertaining to the Bear Creek wildfire at 4 p.m. Wednesday. A local state of emergency was rescinded and the operation centre closed.

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 has been patrolling for any possible hot spots.

Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue throughout the week and weekend in the Interior.

 

Campfire bans are in effect in the Merritt and Lillooet fire zones, and an open burning ban also remains in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.