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Shingle Creek fire


Nick Matheson, supervisor of the Sierras unit crew said the Shingle Creek fire is now 100 per cent contained and approximately 30 per cent mopped up.

BC Wildfire management branch still has 23 people fighting the fire which is smouldering on a hillside on Green Mountain Road.

"It got into the timbers just a tiny bit, in some little pockets, but the rest was just a straight forward grass fire," he said. "Air tankers hit it and stopped it from going up the hill. Crews hand guarded it into the night." 

Matheson said there will be people on site all day to make sure they have all the hot spots covered. 


UPDATE 9:20 A.M.

Forestry crews continue to get the upper hand on a wildfire burning in the Shingle Creek area 5km west of Skaha Lake.

The fire broke out mid afternoon Monday.

Fire Information Officer, Kelsey Winter, says the fire remains at 17.5ha in size and is mainly a rank one fire.

She says it didn't grow overnight.

Bombers were able to lay a retardant line completely around the fire yesterday and currently have 5 per cent containment.

Winter says crews are working with heavy machinery in an effort to strengthen the fire guard.

She says crews hope to be able to increase the containment by noon.

A total of 20 fire personnel are on the ground

UPDATE 7:20 P.M.

Forestry crews are making good progress on a wildfire burning west of Skaha Lake on Penticton Indian Band land.

The fire, which was first spotted about 3:30 Monday afternoon, has grown to 17.5ha in size.

However, fire information officer, Kelsey Winter, says the fire is mainly rank one with some pockets of rank two.

Air tankers have managed to drop retardant around the entire perimeter of the fire.

Forestry have 40 firefighters on the ground working on the fire. Three helicopters were bucketing from above, however, they are now done for the night.

The fire is burning about 5km west of Skaha Lake near Shingle Creek.

Forestry crews are heading to another wildfire in the Okanagan.

This one is on Penticton Indian Band land about 5km west of Skaha Lake near Shingle Creek.

According to Fire Information Officer, Kelsey Winter, the fire is about one hectare in size.

It was first reported about 3:30 this (Monday) afternoon.

Winter says two initial attack crews, four helicopters and air tankers are en route.

More details when they become available.

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