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Drought Hill 75% contained

2 P.M. Sunday UPDATE:

The Drought Hill forest fire is still 40 hectares in size and is now 75% contained.

Kelsey Winter with BC Wildfire said they are hoping to go for 100% containment today.

"There is still a fire behaviour advisory until 5 p.m., so no decision until after that period has lapsed," she said. "In that period between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. there is potential for increased activity, if it will run, that's when it will do it."

There are 40 personnel on site from BC wildfire management branch. The West Kelowna Fire department is on site as well.

One helicopter is assisting them with buckets on hot spots as well as an excavator and a water tender. 


The Drought Hill forest fire is estimated to be 25% contained and 60% of the fire has hand guard around it.

A fire warden crew and fire department personnel will be on scene throughout the night. Fire crews will work towards full containment again tomorrow.  

One property on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road remains on Evacuation Alert.

No further orders or alerts are anticipated at this time.  

The Drought Hill fire was relatively stable overnight and did not grow past 40 hectares in size.

BC Wildfire Management Branch, supported by structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Peachland, will continue to fight the Drought Hill fire, which is not contained.

The fire was calm overnight and remained within fire retardant lines and crews will work to establish containment guards through the rough terrain and aircraft will continue to action the fire from the air.  

Highway 97C will return to normal function later this morning with the removal of single lane closures.  

The Evacuation Order has been changed to an Evacuation Alert for one property in the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road.  No further orders or alerts are anticipated at this time.  

The public is asked to watch for emergency vehicles in the area of the Drought Hill fire and boaters are asked not to interfere with aircraft attempting to reload with water in Okanagan Lake by staying well clear of aircraft.   

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