NEWS

Rain helps fire crews fight Slocan Valley wildfire

08/02/2013 04:45 EDT | Updated 10/02/2013 05:12 EDT
Fire crews in southeastern B.C. say cooler temperatures and rain are lending them an upper-hand as they fight the season’s biggest wildfire.

The 65-hectare fire continues to burn on the Perry Ridge right above the Slocan Valley but officials say they have managed to put up guards around 70 per cent of the blaze, which began about two weeks ago when lightning struck.

Eight helicopters and 110 people are trying to prevent it from encroaching on farms and residential areas in the valley below.

Karlie Shaughnessy, spokeswoman with the Southeast fire centre, says the guards have allowed crews to attack the fire from the ground.

Slightly cooler weather and rain has also helped contain the fire, she said.

Cool end to the week

The cool and showery end to the week is thanks to a spinning low-pressure system sitting just south of B.C., says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

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