Some good news in the Joe Rich Fire burning east of Kelowna, and the residents living in the District of Port Hardy.
The Joe Rich blaze is down to 55 hectares in size and is 100 percent contained, while the evacuation order in Port Hardy has been rescinded and residents are now allowed to return to their homes.
Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper says 40 provincial wildfire crews remain on the scene to help the local crews.
“The priority for BC Wildfire Service crews was to continue mopping up and patroling hot spots in the fire perimiter. We are working very closely with the local fire department personnel on site.”
“The Central Okanagan Regional District did amend their evacuation order. The BC Wildfire Service has 40 firefighters continuing to assist the local government fire departments in the area.”
In Port Hardy, a 17-hectare blaze put approximately 100 homes in danger and forced Port Hardy to declare a state of emergency.
Residents will now be allowed to return to their homes but are being told to be ready to leave again at a moment’s notice.
The fire had been burning a mere 1.5 kilometres away from the community.