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UPDATE: Kokanee road fire contained

Fire crews will stay on the Kokanee road fire site until nightfall to monitor the situation and tend to hot spots.
Image Credit: Contributed/The City of Vernon
August 28, 2016 - 5:02 PM

VERNON - Fire fighters contained a blaze that started early yesterday afternoon.

B.C Wildfire says the fire is located near Kokanee road in the Predator ridge area of Vernon.

As of today, Aug. 28, the fire is estimated to be six hectares in size.

Crews will stay on scene until nightfall to monitor the situation and tend to hot spots, says the City of Vernon in a media release.

Fire information officer Rachel Witt says weather is helping the effort. The overnight rain and cooler temperatures paired with less wind is helping crews contain the blaze.

There is a unit crew of 20 fire fighting personnel on site. They'll perform danger tree falling and apply water to hotspots on the perimeter, Witt says.

The fire behaviour is at rank one, meaning a smouldering ground fire with some smoke.

Yesterday, the City of Vernon issued an evacuation alert for nearby residents. The alert was lifted this morning.

Weather is helping fire crews contain the Kokanee road wildfire.
Weather is helping fire crews contain the Kokanee road wildfire.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire

-This story was updated at 9:22 a.m on Aug. 28 to include new information from B.C. Wildfire.

-This story was updated at 10:29 a.m on Aug. 28 to include new information from the City of Vernon.

-This story was updated at 4:50 p.m on Aug. 28 to include new information from the City of Vernon.

- This story was updated at 6:35 a.m. Aug. 29 to clarify that an evacuation alert was issued in relation to the fire, not an order. 


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