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Okanagan Lake fire in mop-up stage

August 17, 2016 4:43 P.M.
Flames are visible amid the smoke on Okanagan Lake Wednesday. (Mark Goddard)



KELOWNA — The Cinnabar Creek wildfire off Westside Road is now 100 per cent contained and crews are mopping up remaining hot spots.

The fire is estimated to have burned three hectares above and west of Westside Road, in steep terrain.

Firefighters from the Wilson's Landing Fire Department are mopping up the fire, with support from the BC Wildfire Service as needed.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says crews will remain on scene over the next few days.

“Please stay out of their way, do not drive over hose lines, and watch for and yield to emergency vehicles,” states a press release.

Westside Road remains partially open through the fire area, as single lane alternating traffic is allowed through.

Crews made good progress overnight battling the small but aggressive blaze. Cooler temperatures and almost no wind are being credited for calming the activity of the Cinnabar Creek blaze.

The blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon, closing Westside Road, but a release from the regional district says single lane alternating traffic is now moving through the fire zone.

An evacuation alert for a nearby resort and two summer camps remains in effect, but the status of the alert will be reviewed as the day progresses.

About 20 B.C. Wildfire Service firefighters worked with crews from area fire departments to keep an eye on the blaze through the night.

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