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Firefighting aircraft over West Kelowna this week for national conference

A B.C. Wildfire helicopter actions the Smith Creek Wildfire in 2014.
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October 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM

WEST KELOWNA – The site of the 2014 Smith Creek Wildfire will once again be buzzing with firefighting aircraft this week as part of a national conference being held in Kelowna.

The 2016 Wildland Fire Canada Conference is on at the Delta Grand until Oct. 28 and includes more than 70 lectures by experts on wildfires, climate change and firefighting strategies.

Airtankers will drop water on a hillside in the Smith Creek area and will also be doing flyovers near the intersection of Highway 97 and Gellatly Road at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, according to a B.C. Government media release.

"In the interest of safety, the public is asked to avoid both of these areas, particularly around the site of the 2014 Smith Creek wildfire,” a the release says.

There will be three, free public lectures starting today, Oct. 25, at the downtown Kelowna library.

Associate professor of Forest Ecology Lori Daniels will speak about wildfire fire preparedness today at 7:30 p.m. and Robert Krause will give a talk titled “View from the Trenches: 36 years of Wildfires in B.C." on tomorrow, also at 7:30 p.m.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Dr. Francis Zwiers will talk about climate change and the effect it has on wildfires in Canada.  

For more information visit the Wildland Fire Canada 2016 website.


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