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UPDATE: Mount Eneas wildfire up to 1,375 hectares, but 'responding well'

Forestry crews were removing danger trees from the Mount Eneas fire near North Beach Road and Highway 97 July 20.
July 21, 2018 - 9:50 AM

SUMMERLAND - The District of Summerland has released an update.

Residents may notice an increase in smoke from the fire today, July 21, as crews are expected to do some controlled burning as part of the field operations.

All evacuation orders and alerts for properties within the District of Summerland municipal boundaries remain in effect.

Mount Eneas fire is currently estimated at 1374 hectares, according to B.C. Wildfire. Although it is still classified as "out of control" crews made good progress yesterday and the fire stayed within the containment lines, the District of Summerland says.

This morning crews are flying around the fire to monitor the progress that has been made and they will provide a further update after the flight has been completed.

Crews will be using heavy equipment, hose lay and air support today with the objective of strengthening containment.

The Mount Conkle fire is estimated at 93 hectares. B.C. Wildfire Service told the District of Summerland that the fire has responded well to suppression efforts and it is currently 90 per cent hand and machine guarded and 60 per cent hose lined. Yesterday, helicopters actioned the fire and will return today. There are about 20 firefighters working on this fire.

The District of Summerland fire crews are actively working on this fire along with B.C. Wildfire Service crews.

For more updates check out the District of Summerland webpage. You can also follow their Facebook page.

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