The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said Thursday its crews are making good progress extinguishing the remnants of the Bear Creek Park fire. Since the blaze was fully contained, it has only been smoldering.
While the evacuation order affecting 550 Traders’ Cove residents and campers at Bear Creek Provincial Park was lifted late Tuesday, and Westside Road re-opened in the area, crews have continued to mop up after the blaze, which came within 400 metres of some houses in Traders’ Cove.
According to the wildfire management branch, fire activity was very quiet Wednesday night and Thursday morning, with only smoldering ground and no active flames. But it did warn of smoke in the area as a result.
The fire is believed to have been human-caused and an investigation into how it was started is currently underway.
There are still 40 provincial firefighters on the scene but crews from the West Kelowna and Wilson’s Landing fire departments are no longer on scene.
Air tankers and helicopters, which were used to fight the fire at its height on Tuesday, have also returned to their bases but could be recalled if the flames flare up again.
Crews had a water distribution system of pumps and hoses around the perimeter of the fire Thursday morning.
The Bear Creek Fire is one of four forest fires larger than 10 hectares currently considered active in B.C.
They others are in the Blue River area in the northeast part of the province, near Hostli Lake in the Prince George fire centre and a 27-hectare fire west of Kamloops.