As night falls in the area emergency officials are warning citizens that spot fires and flare ups on the still burning Mount Boucherie fire will be more noticeable as darkness falls.
West Kelowna Fire says crews will be closely monitoring the situation overnight.
The public is asked to avoid calling 9-1-1 to report spot fires on Mount Boucherie as West Kelowna Fire Rescue is aware of the situation.
The public is also asked to avoid East Boundary Road until further notice.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue personnel will begin full action on the fire again in the morning as the terrain is too dangerous to manage at night.
UPDATE 7:20 P.M.
The Mount Boucherie fire is estimated to be 4.24 hectares in size and remains within the fire retardant lines that surround it.
Emergency officials say the fire is fully contained and 30 per cent guarded. Fire crews will patrol the fire through the night.
They maintain that no evacuation alerts or orders are anticipated at this time.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue and BC Forestry continue to fight the fire on the ground and in the air with helicopters. A total of 48 firefighters are fighting the fire with 17 pieces of fire apparatus and four aircraft.
Emergency personnel are requesting boaters on Okanagan Lake to please stay out of the path of helicopters filling buckets with water.
The public is also asked to continue to avoid East Boundary Road and the west slope of Mount Boucherie.
UPDATE 5:20 P.M.
The RDCO is reporting that the fire on Mt. Boucherie has been surrounded by fire retardant and the fire is contained, although not under control at this time. No evacuation alerts or orders are anticipated at this time.
Residents in the area should watch for updates on www.cordemergency.ca in case circumstances change.
UPDATE 5 P.M.:
Emergency personnel are requesting that boaters on Okanagan Lake stay out of the path of helicopters filling buckets with water.
Helicopters are assisting with the five-hectare brush fire on the west slope of Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna.
UPDATE 4:30 P.M.
BC Wildfire Information Officer Melissa Klassen is reporting that the fire on Mount Boucherie is now 5-hectares in size, but is holding steady.
The Ministry of Forest's air support has been asked to come in and support local crews.
Two air tankers, a bird dog and a helicopter are on the scene assisting ground crews from West Kelowna, Kelowna and Peachland Fire Departments.
“It is showing some Rank 3 fire behaviour -- that means a wild fire that has a moderate rate of spread with some open flame,” says Klassen.
There are structures in the area but none are threatened at this time.
UPDATE 4:05 P.M.
Police are now asking for public's patience while emergency crews work to control the Mount Boucherie forest fire in West Kelowna.
Cst. Kris Clark confirms that East Boundary Road has been closed to all traffic between Daimler Road and Elk Road.
“Motorists along Highway 97 have been reportedly stopping to look at the fire and are putting themselves and other motorists at further risk. Police are asking all traffic to maintain a safe flow through the area and refrain from stopping roadside,” urges Clark.
RCMP say there are currently no structures threatened by the fire which is in rugged park land.
Dr. Oz of the Rose Valley Veterinary Clinic says he will happily board any cats that need a temporary home, for free, if they are displaced by the fire.
According to the Central Okanagan Emergencies Operations there are no evacuation alerts or orders being issued at this time.
The public is asked not to contact emergency dispatch through 911 as emergency personnel are aware of the situation.
An Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to support the emergency response.
Emergency response personnel request that the public:
- Monitor cordemergency.ca for confirmed information about the situation.
- DO NOT CALL 911 unless it's a life threatening emergency
- Remain calm
- Stay by the phone to receive a call if a family member(s) may have been impacted.
UPDATE 3:55 P.M.
Castanet's reporter on the scene Wayne Moore says the fire was moving up the mountain and has now started moving back down.
The fire is located on the south side of the mountain just above the intersection of Daimler Drive and East Boundary Road.
RCMP have the intersection blocked off and are not allowing traffic down or up from Boucherie Road into the area.
Fire crews are on the scene, a bird dog has been seen in the air looking at the fire and a helicopter from the Ministry of Forest is on the way.
“It is very very rugged terrain on the edge of Mount Boucherie and it will be difficult for firefighters to get lines into the fire, it may be one that has to be fought from the air as far as water and retardants,” reports Moore.
The fire is moving down the hill and Moore has witnessed several trees ignite, and high flames in the grass.
There are no homes near the fire but it is headed down the hill, and fire crews are looking after those homes at the base of the hill.
The public is being asked to stay away from the area.
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UPDATE 3:45 P.M.
The Kamloops Fire Centre is reporting a helicopter and a 'bird dog' are on the way from Kamloops.
The Ministry does not have any forest fire fighters on the scene but West Kelowna and Kelowna fire crews are battling the blaze.
The size of the fire is not yet known and crews are not confirming whether any structures are at risk.
Castanet reporter on the scene Wayne Moore reports that the fire is moving down the mountain and flames can be seen high in the air.
A brush fire has ignited on Mount Boucherie.
The fire is moving up the west side of the mountain and started just past the ball diamonds on East Boundary Road.
Witnesses tell to Castanet they can see flames climbing the mountain and reaching the top.
Smoke can be seen from Kelowna and far across the lake. There are nearby homes.
All fire crews from the West Kelowna Fire Department are now on scene and accessing the situation.
Castanet has a reporter on the way and we will provide more details as the become available.
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