BRITISH COLUMBIA

Okanagan Falls Wildfire Contained As Winlaw Burns

07/30/2013 01:31 EDT | Updated 09/29/2013 05:12 EDT
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VANCOUVER - A campfire ban will soon be in place in the Kamloops fire district where the fire danger rating is high to extreme.

The goal of the ban, which starts Aug. 1, is to prevent human-caused forest fires as the weather remains warm and dry.

One of the main fires burning in the province is in the Kamloops fire district, but crews now have the blaze 100 per cent contained.

An evacuation alert for 12 homes near the wildfire about five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls has now been rescinded.

It was a tense two days for the community, but resident Stephanie Salsnek watched what she calls the aerial ballet between flying tankers and helicopters as firefighters and pilots stopped spreading flames.

However, crews fighting the 100-hectare Perry Ridge blaze, west of Winlaw in southeastern B.C., are struggling to contain even part of the fire that was started more than a week ago by lightning. (CKOR, The Canadian Press)

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