BOLEAN LAKE FIRE: Evacuation alert lifted; fire 75 per cent contained
Howard Alexander - News Editor
A recent aerial photo of the Bolean Lake fire contributed by B.C. Wildfire Service.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service
July 27, 2015 - 11:56 AM
FALKLAND – The Bolean Lake wildfire burning near Falkland in the North Okanagan is now 75 per cent contained and the evacuation alert has been lifted.
The alert covered 24 properties along the Chase-Falkland Road and the Bolean Lake Lodge.
There has been a significant drop in fire behaviour thanks to the cooler, wetter weather over the last few days, according to a B.C. Wildfire media release.
“This cooling trend along with increasing containment levels has considerably lowered the risk to nearby structures,” fire information officer Noelle Kekula says in the release.
Crews have made good progress building containment lines around the outside of the 350-hectare blaze burning about five kilometres northwest of Falkland, Kekula says, adding the 78 firefighters on site will continue to mop up hot spots along the perimeter as well.
Kekula says a 21-person sustained action crew from Ontario is helping with the effort.
Despite the lifting of the evacuation alert, an area restriction is in place around the wildfire for safety reasons. Click here for a map of the restricted area.
The lightning-cause wildfire was first reported on Monday, July 20.
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