Bear Creek fire contained

Thanks to the hard work of firefighters in the region, the Bear Creek fire is now 100 per cent contained.

Thanks to the hard work of firefighters in the region, the Bear Creek fire is now 100 per cent contained.

After minimal fire behaviour and no growth overnight, 40 Wildfire Management Branch firefighters returned to the site Wednesday to extinguish hot spots from the perimeter into the interior of the fire. So far, firefighters have extinguished 15 metres in.

The progress on this fire is due to the hard work of firefighters. Throughout the incident Wildfire Management Branch firefighters worked closely with firefighters from the West Kelowna and the Wilson’s Landing fire departments.

Strong winds are forecasted for late Wednesday afternoon, and if they materialize, will result in increased smoke and fire activity within the fire perimeter. 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 is expected to work again this evening to patrol for any possible excursions.

Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue throughout the week and the public is reminded a campfire ban remains in effect in the Merritt and Lillooet fire zones. An open burning ban also remains in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. It is important no campfires are left unattended and recreationalists comply with campfire bans and open burning restrictions.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellular phone or toll-free at 1-800 663-5555. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcforestfireinfo.gov.bc.ca.