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Princeton wildfire suppression efforts winding down

FILE PHOTO- A crew of 61 firefighters continue mopping up the Princeton wildfire today, July 31, 2017, as B.C. Wildfire Services delist the fire on their daily updates.
July 31, 2017 - 9:00 PM

PRINCETON - Continuing progress is being made on the Princeton wildfire, which is no longer considered a major threat.

B.C. Wildfire Service noted this afternoon, July 31, they will no longer be updating the fire as it is no longer considered a wildfire of note. The 3,278 hectare fire, holding at 100 per cent containment, is being worked by 61 firefighters and one helicopter.

Evacuation alerts will continue until further notice with respect to the Princeton wildfire, as local roads and trails reopen this week.

Regional district officials report today, July 31, Summers Creek and the Princeton-Summerland road is open with crews continuing clean up work on all roads affected by fire activity.  Short traffic delays may take place from time to time.

The regional district also reminds trail users on the KVR section of the Trans Canada Trail to exercise extreme caution when using the trail due to the high fire hazard that currently exists.

The regional district also reports wildfire activity north of Naramata and at the Naramata / Princeton boundary on July 30.

A single fire, located above Sutherland Road, was extinguished.

A wildfire burning 10 kilometres south of Canada in the Okanogan National Forest is contributing to smoky skies in the South Okanagan, and is expected to continue producing smoke over the area this week. The fire is being monitored by BC Wildfire Service.

Residential sandbag removal has begun in the regional district’s rural areas and adjacent band lands. A permission form must be submitted prior to removal from private property. They can be downloaded from the regional district website.

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