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UPDATE: Mt. Law fire closes part of Highway 97C

The Mt. Law fire, taken Tuesday, Aug. 24.
August 26, 2021 - 9:37 AM

The Mt. Law fire near the West Kelowna neighbourhood of Glenrosa appears to have new life this morning.

Residents in the area are reporting that the fire has jumped the highway towards Peachland today, Aug. 26. 

The B.C. Wildfire Service said there was a small spot fire on the eastern side of Drought Creek south of the highway and crews including firefighters from the West Kelowna and Peachland fire departments are conducting a direct attack. As well, large air tankers may be used throughout the day to stop the spread of the flames to the east.

Due to a wind event last night the Mt. Law wildfire exhibited increased fire activity and local firefighters have been fighting it since 2 a.m., according to a press release from the Central Okanagan emergency operations centre. Helicopters are currently supporting crews on the ground. Additional air support is expected with the goal of maintaining established fire guards.

No additional evacuation orders or alerts have been issued but two properties, at 4713 MacKinnon Rd. and 3250 Highway 97, are still under an evacuation order, according to the emergency operations centre. For more information on orders and alerts, visit the emergency operations centre website here.

One westbound lane of Highway 97C will also remain closed at this time, according to the wildfire service.

Crews last night continued planned hand ignitions along the highway 97C connector and up the east.

"While the threat has eased through much of the fire with mild weather conditions, it is still uncontained in areas and crews are working for containment during this period of mild weather," the wildfire service's latest update reads. 

— This story was updated at 9:36 a.m. Aug. 26, 2021 to include additional information from the wildfire service and emergency operations centre.


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