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Update: Threat posed by Mt. Boucherie fire diminishing
Update 9 a.m. July 16
The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is fully contained and approximately 30 per cent guarded.
Fire crews will patrol the fire through the night. The fire, estimated to be 4.24 hectares in size, has not breached fire retardant lines that surround it. No evacuation alerts or orders are anticipated at this time.
East Boundary Road will remain closed from Vineyard Drive to Daimler Drive until further notice. The public is also asked to continue to avoid East Boundary Road and the west slope of Mt. Boucherie.
Until further notice, the public is asked to stay off recreation trails on Mt. Boucherie, accessed from Eain Lamont Park off Lakeview Cove Road and from Mt. Boucherie Regional Park.
Update 10:20 p.m. July 15
The District of West Kelowna is warning residents spot fires and flare ups on the Mt. Boucherie fire will be more noticeable at night.
Fire crews will be closely monitoring the situation overnight.
The public is asked to avoid calling 911 to report spot fires on Mt. 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.
The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire has been surrounded by fire retardant and the fire is contained, but the fire is still not categorized as being under control.
No evacuation alerts or orders are anticipated at this time, according to the Emergency Operations Centre established in West Kelowna to coordinate the firefighting efforts.
Police are asking for public patience while emergency crews work to control a forest fire on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna.
The fire was reported just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, on the 3000 block of East Boundary Road, on the south side of Mount Boucherie.
To ensure public safety, police have closed East Boundary Road between Daimler Road and Elk Road to all traffic.
Motorists along Highway 97 have been reportedly stopping to look at the fire.
Kelowna RCMP is asking drivers to maintain a safe flow through the area and remain from stopping roadside to ensure motorists aren't put at risk.
Currently no structures are threatened by the fire, which is in rugged park land.
According to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, the fire is currently two hectares in size.
Boaters are asked to stay out of the way of helicopters filling buckets with water from Okanagan Lake.
The public is asked not to contact emergency dispatch about this fire 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.