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Burning operations planned for Westside Road wildfire

Shelter Cove fire on Westside Road.

KELOWNA – People living in Shelter Cove and surrounding areas may notice increased smoke on the Westside Road wildfire starting today as a result of proactive burning operations. These burning operations will take place in a controlled environment within the fire’s perimeter to remove unburnt fuels from the area and decrease the chance of the fire breaching containment lines.

Due to the hard work of crews and recent precipitation, this wildfire is now 85 per cent contained. Today, crews will continue to mop up hot spots along the perimeter.

An area restriction put in place for areas around this wildfire to protect the safety of firefighting personnel and the public remains in place. For a map of the restricted area, please click here http://bit.ly/1IrFMIt.

The Kamloops Fire Centre is urging caution in the backcountry and asking everyone in the region to refrain from activities that may cause a wildfire. Human-caused wildfires are preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring fires.

The B.C. Wildfire Service thanks the public for its ongoing support in reporting wildfires. To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca.

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

- Twitter at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
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