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Firefighters from Mexico taking break after battling South Okanagan wildfire

Firefighters from Mexico working on the NK’Mip Creek wildfire in the South Okanagan.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service
August 08, 2021 - 12:04 PM

Nearly 100 firefighters from Mexico are taking a well-deserved rest after batting a large wildfire in the South Okanagan.

Yesterday, the B.C. Wildfire Service announced 98 of the firefighters have left the frontlines of the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire, located to the east of Oliver and Osoyoos.

After a few days of rest, they will return to the Okanagan Complex, Wednesday, Aug. 11. The complex also includes the Thomas Creek wildfire burning near Okanagan Falls and Brenda Creek wildfire west of West Kelowna.

“The B.C. Wildfire Service is grateful for the support of these professional, hard working and highly trained crews.  They have been instrumental in helping with the front line firefighting effort and are a very important part of our team. We look forward to their return,” The service posted on Facebook, Aug. 7.

The Nk'Mip Creek wildfire is 16,877 hectares in size and is classified as out of control.

Rain has fallen on parts of the wildfire for the second day in a row.

READ MORE: Cooler temperatures, showers not expected to last in Thompson Okanagan

“Winds will return to moderate southwesterly flows through the weekend, and temperatures will begin to increase to seasonal or above seasonal levels,” according to the wildfire service.

Structural protection crews are continuing their patrols today along McKinney Road. Properties near Mt. Baldy are being continually assessed for structural protection needs.

Structural protection specialists have demobilized their equipment in the Shrike Hill Road community due to decreased fire risk in that area.


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