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Jackpine Lake wildfire

The Jackpine Lake blaze is now 100 per cent contained.

According to the BC Wildfire Service 21 personnel were on site overnight, and 23 will remain in the area along with heavy equipment throughout today.

The fire is still reported to be a Rank 1 smoldering ground blaze at this time.


UPDATE: 9 P.M.

The BC Wildfire Service says firefighters are still working on fighting the fire, which is reportedly still at a Rank 1 rating.

Planes cease their service at dark, and transition to a night crew of 20 will likely be completed at by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. according to the service.


UPDATE: 7:30 P.M.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire by Jackpine Lake is about 75 per cent contained at this point.

The service has 47 firefighters still fighting the fire, which is still reported to be about 14 hectares in size.

The fire has also been downgraded to Rank 1, or a smouldering ground fire.

That means, there are no visible flames at this point.

Twenty firefighters will remain to battle the fire overnight.


UPDATE: 3:30 P.M.

The BC Wildfire Service has confirmed the position of the fire as being 2.5 kilometres east of Jack Pine Lake.

Previous reports from the service had placed it at Gottfriedson Mountain.

No other updates are currently available.

Castanet will have more details as they become available.


UPDATE: 1 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service now estimates the wildfire burning 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna is 13 hectares in size.

Fire information officer Max Birkner says the growth in estimated size is due to more accurate mapping of the fire, not growth of the fire itself.

Provincial fire crews are fighting the blaze from the air and the ground as they work to contain the blaze.

The fire is still approximately 2.5 kilometres east of Jack Pine Lake Resort and Birkner says structures are not threatened at this time.

Smoke is being reported throughout the valley.

Castanet will have more details as they become available.


UPDATE: 11 a.m. 

Now that provincial firefighters on are on scene and more accurate mapping has been conducted, the wildfire is now estimated at six hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service says the wildfire is burning 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna on Gottfriedson Mountain.

Fire information officer Max Birkner says 27 firefighters are now on scene or en route to battle the blaze.

The wildfire is currently displaying Rank 3 fire behaviour which means it is considered a moderately vigorous surface fire with a moderate rate of speed and occasional candling along the perimeter and/or within the fire.

The fire is still 2.5 kilometres east of Jack Pine Lake Resort and Birkner says structures are not threatened at this time.

Smoke is being reported throughout the valley.

Castanet will have more details as they become available.


ORIGINAL: 10 a.m.

Provincial firefighters are battling a small blaze west of West Kelowna.

The BC Wildfire Service says a one-hectare wildfire is burning 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna on Gottfriedson Mountain.

“There are seven firefighters and a bird dog en route and one helicopter is bucketing the fire,” explains fire information officer Max Birkner.

The fire is currently 2.5 kilometres east of Jack Pine Lake Resort, but Birkner says structures are not currently threatened.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Castanet will have more details as they become available.

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