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Bear Creek blaze reduced to ground fire

August 23, 2016 9:18 A.M.


KELOWNA — Fire crews have the Bear Creek wildfire 75 percent contained after spending the night working to secure the perimeter of the blaze.

B.C. Wildfire Service has 50 firefighters battling the blaze along with one helicopter bucketing hot spots today.

Favourable weather conditions helped fire crews get a handle on the fire Monday, and Rachel Witt, with the wildfire service, said those conditions will remain in place today.

“Temperatures are still lower than they were last week and, as well, the wind isn't quite as high as when the fire first broke out,” Witt said.

Forestry crews will work on falling dangerous trees in the area today, along with putting out hot spots and increasing containment around the perimeter.

Witt says the 52.5-hectare blaze is mainly a “smouldering ground fire.”

Despite the fire crews' progress, 105 properties remain evacuated in Traders Cove and Bear Creek Provincial Park, and 65 properties in the area are on evacuation alert.  

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