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Cooler temperatures mean more planned ignitions on wildfire north of Peachland

The Mount Law wildfire near Peachland, Aug. 22, 2021.
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August 23, 2021 - 11:01 AM

With cooler temperatures and higher humidity, firefighters working on the Mount Law wildfire are making progress with planned ignitions.

B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Luke Robinson said the blaze is still active and last night, Aug. 22, crews conducted small planned ignitions along tghe southern flank near the Okanagan Connector. The wildfire is currently located to the north of Highway 97C and Peachland.

Planned ignitions will also occur over the next few days to burn away small pockets of forest fuels, Robinson said.

There’s a chance the fire could be contained in the next four days, he said.

People have been posting photos and concerns about the wildfire online, but Robinson said it looks worse at night as the flames become more visible.

The wildfire is currently burning at a rank two, meaning it's a surface fire, with visible open flame and some tree candling, Robinson said.

The fire is burning at roughly 830 to 850 hectares in size, he said.

Yesterday, cold temperatures, high humidity and some precipitation were reported. The fire has slowly spread down a slope in the south towards the guard above Highway 97C, according to the wildfire service.

There are 112 firefighters, 16 pieces of heavy equipment, five helicopters and 24 support staff on site today, Aug. 23.

Evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect. For more information, visit the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre's website here.

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