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Firefighters contain small fire burning along Okanagan Connector

The Mt. Law wildfire beside the Okanagan Connector, Aug. 27, 2021.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Nicole Hemeon

B.C. Wildfire Service crews have contained a spot fire that jumped Highway 97C yesterday, causing part of the road's closure.

This morning, Aug. 27, the service reported the fire that jumped the highway's south side yesterday has now been contained.

Crews also contained another spot fire on the east side of Drought Creek using helicopters. Firefighters are working on-site in the area today, according to the wildfire service.

Crews are also working directly on the fire perimeter along the east side of the fire and mopping up on the south side of the fire near the highway as well as the fire's west and north sides.

"An aerial scan with thermal imaging occurred overnight. This scan will help identify hot spots for crews to action with suppression activities in the coming days," according to the wildfire service.

The wildfire is 930 hectares and still classified as out of control.

A new incident management team is also taking over control of the Okanagan Complex, which includes the Brenda Creek fire near West Kelowna and the Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls, as the team from Australia heads back home.

READ MORE: Firefighters making progress on South Okanagan wildfires as Australian crew prepares to head home

A travel advisory in effect between Junction Highway 97 and MacKinnon Road for two kilometres from West Kelowna to Peachland, according to the wildfire service.

One westbound lane on the Okanagan Connector remains closed and the wildfire service is asking drivers to not slow down or stop to take photos of the fire along the highway.

For more information on travel alerts, visit DriveB.C.'s website.

An evacuation order and alert remains in effect for Central Okanagan properties. For more information, visit the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre's website.

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