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Planned ignitions underway in West Kelowna for Mt Law wildfire

The Mt.Law wildfire from Peachland on Aug. 15, 2021.
August 21, 2021 - 12:15 PM

As firefighters on the ground continue work to suppress the Mt Law wildfire, planned ignitions are underway on the south end of West Kelowna's Preston and Carre Roads.

The area is under an evacuation order and crews, flames and smoke will be highly visible. These planned ignitions are being managed by crews on the ground and will burn into the wildland, according to a press release issued by the Central Okanagan's Emergency Operations Centre.

"Planned ignitions help fire fighting efforts by proactively burning various combustible materials to help control the fire perimeter and keep the area safe for firefighters, emergency personnel and residents’ homes," according to the centre.

READ MORE: Weather prevents planned ignitions on West Kelowna wildfire

Planned ignitions will continue throughout the weekend on the Mount Law wildfire including on the south and north side if weather conditions permit it. Residents can expect to see visible flames and smoke as a result of firefighters'  suppression efforts.

An area restriction has been implemented for public safety reasons. The public is asked to maintain a safe distance from the fire and all fire suppression activity.

Luke Robinson, B.C. Wildfire Service information officer said the service has received reports of drivers slowing down suddenly and pulling over to take pictures of the wildfire, which is highly visible from Highway 97C. The service is asking residents to not stop and take photos on the highway as it may lead to accidents.

The fire is currently classified as out of control and burning at 800 hectares in size. One home has been destroyed by the fire.

READ MORE: West Kelowna teacher loses home in Mt. Law wildfire

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