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West Kelowna's Rose Valley dam fire sitting at 3 hectares, more crews to strike today

August 03, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The Rose Valley Dam fire is now three hectares and, while it's still being classified as out of control, good progress has been made.

Gagan Lidhran, information officer with BC Wildfire, said Monday Aug. 3 that the fire did not grow overnight and three firefighting personnel kept watch until this morning.

Crews are fighting a Rose Valley area fire.
Crews are fighting a Rose Valley area fire.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jason Brolund

Another 27 are headed there today for both a ground and air attack of the blaze, which is not threatening structures or the nearby water reservoir. 

Lidhran said that it was quick response from the community that allowed them to tackle the fire so fast.

Last night, West Kelowna fire chief Jason Brolund said multiple ground crews from BC Wildfire and WKFR, supported by multiple aircraft knocked the fire back on all flanks. Smouldering hotspots remained Sunday, however, the fire was not expected to advance overnight.

"The geography of the area as well as the gusty winds and hot weather made this a tough fight for all involved," Brolund said. "Teams from multiple agencies worked together in unified command to keep the fire small, prevent it from threatening homes and the drinking water supply for a large portion of our community. We thank the public for the multiple reports to 9-1-1 that helped us pinpoint the fire location and get there quickly."

BC Wildfire will provide updates regarding the fire size. The cause remains under investigation.

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