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'Good progress' made on West Kelowna wildfire

The Mt Law wildfire next to Highway 97C, Aug. 27, 2021.
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August 29, 2021 - 10:07 AM

In the last few days, the B.C. Wildfire Service is reporting crews have made "good progress" on a wildfire burning near West Kelowna.

The Mt Law wildfire is burning out of control at 976 hectares near Highway 97C and West Kelowna.

"On the southwest corner crews will be working to establish a black line (burned area that will act as a fire guard) as well as continue to patrol along the south side of the fire near Highway 97C," according to the wildfire service's latest update.

On the north and east flanks of the fire, crews are working directly on the fire's edge and mopping up the area.

"A small planned ignition will take place near Drought creek, on the east side of the fire, if conditions allow, today. This will remove a pocket of fuel between the fire and the previously constructed guard and will reinforce the guard. Increased smoke may be visible from surrounding communities."

A travel advisory in effect between Junction Highway 97 and MacKinnon Rd for two kilometres.

There are 82 personnel, four pieces of heavy equipment and four helicopters on site today.

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