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UPDATE: Finlay Creek wildfire is 65 per cent contained

The view from the water of the Findlay Creek wildfire on Sept. 2, 2017.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Hannah Park
September 11, 2017 - 11:30 AM

SUMMERLAND - The Finlay Creek wildfire remains active, however, there are no active evacuation orders or alerts in the Central Okanagan Regional District.

Today, Sept. 11, crews from B.C., Ontario and Quebec fighting the over 2,200 hectare Finlay Creek fire which is now 65 per cent contained, according to Heather Rice with B.C. Wildfire.

Crews battling the blaze have support from nine pieces of heavy equipment, one helicopter and an incident management team.

"We continue to have good success. Weather and calm winds have helped us get upper hand," Rice says.

A crew of 116 personnel, including out of province firefighters from Ontario and Quebec are still on scene, however, they are reducing their number of heavy equipment and helicopters.

There are no active evacuation orders or alerts in connection to the wildfire so the Emergency Operations Centre is standing down, according to a media release issued this afternoon.

The B.C. Wildfire Service would like people to know that there is still an area restriction in place. There is no access to crown land because of the area restriction. For more information about the boundaries and specific access and restrictions, click here.

Visit the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website for the latest information about emergencies in the Central Okanagan. Updates are also available on their Facebook page or Twitter feed.

There are evacuation alerts for properties further south and more information can be found on the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen website.

— This story was updated at 3:44 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 to say the Emergency Operations Centre was standing down.

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