Fire closes Mt. Boucherie Park
As of 4 p.m. no structures were threatened by a brush fire moving up the south side of Mount Boucherie, July 15, 2014.
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July 16, 2014 - 2:31 PM
KELOWNA - An interface fire Tuesday afternoon has prompted closure of Mt. Boucherie Park until fire crews finish putting out hot spots and the district can assess the risk.
The fire began around 3 p.m. Tuesday and quickly grew to just over four hectares. West Kelowna fire crews were aided by B.C. Wildfire air tankers and a bucket helicopter. The fire was contained by just after 5 p.m. and as of Wednesday morning crews had the fire under control and were putting out hot spots.
In a press release, the District of West Kelowna said hazards in the area affected by the wildfire include falling trees and branches, falling rock and unstable slopes, wind-borne debris, burnt tree root holes, stumps and other tripping hazards, and sudden water torrents, in the event of rain.
Once crews have completed mopping up the fire the state of the park will be evaluated.
The east side of Mt. Boucherie, Eain Lamont Park, remains open along with select trails on the north and east side.
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