White Lake wildfire



A small wildfire in the White Lake area south of Penticton is nearly fully contained.

The fire was discovered about 5 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Fire Information Officer, Melissa Welsh, the fire is about four hectares in size.

"We were on site at 5 a.m. with an initial attack crew at the wildfire by the intersection of White Lake Road and Twin Lake Road," says Welsh.

"Fire behaviour is quiet. It is primarily rank one. They have been successful in creating a hand guard around the perimeter of the fire along with a hose lay."

Welsh says four forestry personnel, a helicopter, a water tender and a dozer are on scene working the fire.

"They are just conducting some heavy mop up activities. Just keeping an eye on it to make sure any temperature increase doesn't increase fire behaviour."

Forestry also was called to a small fire north of Naramata Monday night.

Welsh says that fire, 0.2 hectares in size, was spotted around 10 p.m. Monday evening about 9.5km up the Naramata Forest Service Road.

She says that fire is in the mop up stage.

Fire crews are being assisted with cooler temperatures and the prospect of rain over the next 48 hours.

Environment Canada is calling for a 60 per cent chance of showers today (Tuesday) with 10mm to 15mm of rain Wednesday.

However, thunderstorms are also predicted for Wednesday.


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