Fire officials say they’re getting the upper hand on a wildfire burning just north of Kelowna.
Rachel Witt with the BC Wildfifre Service says the Bear Creek fire is now 80% contained.
She says about 30 crew will remain on scene over night, and are hoping for some help from the weather.
“We are actually expecting for the wind to die down a bit, it was pretty active yesterday and today, and we are hoping that will lessen tomorrow. We still should have some cooler temperatures, but we also aren’t anticipating any precipitaion.”
Earlier today, visitors forced to flee from a campsite in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley ahead of the raging wildfire Sunday night were given the chance to retrieve abandoned items.
The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who left vehicles, trailers, tents and other gear as Bear Creek Provincial Park was evacuated were allowed to temporarily return to reclaim their belongings.
But an evacuation order remained in effect for more than 100 properties surrounding the park, near West Kelowna.
Witt says 50 firefighters and one helicopter were on scene, battling the 52 hectare blaze today.
“Yesterday we did see a downturn in the weather so that was helpful. Temperatures dropped from those high 30’s that we’ve been seeing last week.”