Crews in areas of the Okanagan have had their hands full the last few days with a number of fires.
One is in West Kelowna, where Fire crews have the upper hand on the Bear Creek blaze and are hoping they’ll have a knockout blow tonight.
Melissa Klassen with the BC Wildfire Service says crews want to hit the flames now, because another bout of hot and dry weather starts tomorrow.
“Definitely, today’s the day to make an impact, and I think that’s what the crews are doing right now.”
Over 150 properties were evacuated, but campers in nearby Bear Creek Provincial Park were given temporary access to collect the belongings left behind.
Evacuation order downgraded, crews working to get close to 100 per cent contained
The order has been downgraded to an alert for 65 of those properties.
60 people have registered at an Emergency Support reception Centre in West Kelowna.
The Central Okanagan Regional District says no homes have been lost.
The Bear Creek fire is estimated at 52 hectares in size and is currently 30 per cent contained.
Klassen says the efforts are fast and furious.
“I believe there’ll be some strong effort to get further containment today, particularly maybe not 100 per cent containment but getting close to that.”
Okanagan Falls three quarters contained
Meanwhile, crews in Okanagan Falls say the fire there is still three-quarters contained, but mapped at a little over 16 hectares.
Meteorologist Wesla Wong says wind conditions are challenging for firefighters on scene because of gusty and changing winds.
At least two people have been evacuated from Okanagan Falls.
Steven Anderson is a resident in Okanagan Falls, on the other side of the river from where the blaze is and he can see how high the flames are.
“Maybe 20 feet, a lot of trees on fire, right now I’m looking at a couple hundred trees probably on fire.”
Global News Reporter Neetu Garcha was there earlier today.
“I’m looking at a blanket of flames that have just covered the south side and a portion of the north side of this mountain here in O-K falls.
I spoke to two evacuees who are watching very much on edge and the flames are roaring pretty close to their home. And residents, one who has lived here since 1999, who said he’s never seen anything like this before in their small community. Many are left shocked and stunned, residents are just out standing in shock as these flames roar on.
Now firefighters say it will be a while before they have this blaze contained but winds are dying down so that is working in their favour.”
OK Falls Fire chief Bob Haddow says the cause of that wildfire was electrical, possibly a downed power line.