Wildfire Update: Oliver fires closer to contained

The Testalinden Creek and Wilson's Mountain fires are getting closer to being containment as of Friday morning.

A fire attack helicopter dumps a load of water on the Testalinden Creek fire

A fire attack helicopter dumps a load of water on the Testalinden Creek fire

One of the two Oliver fires is 100 per cent contained and another is halfway there as crews continue to work on containment.

The Testalinden Creek wildfire, burning seven kilometres south of Oliver, is at an estimated 2,500 hectares and is 50 per cent contained as of 7:30 a.m. on Aug 21.

Eleven helicopters, 138 firefighters and air tankers continue to work on establishing containment.

According to BC Wildfire, smoke from the fire will continue to be seen in Oliver and along Highway 97. Crews are working around the clock on establishing containment lines and controlling expected flare ups with ground crews, air support and burn out operations when possible. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and still under investigation.

As of Aug. 21, the Wilson’s Mountain fire, burning one kilometre north of Oliver,  is 100 per cent contained. The fire is now estimated at 317 hectares ins size and 15 firefighters have established guard around portions of the perimeter.