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B.C. Firefighter: 'It's pretty tough... just digging and keeping your wits about you' (VIDEO)

Firefighters continue to fight the Okanagan wildfire that has evacuated some 2,500 people from Smith Creek in B.C.

"It's pretty tough," said firefighter Jake Sparks. "A lot of the job is just digging and keeping your wits about you and just making sure all the angles are covered."

While an evacuation order remains in effect for some areas and the blaze is still live, on Monday the Emergency Operation Order lifted its evacuation for some areas.

Sparks says the biggest challenge, right now, is to watch for falling tree limbs. The blaze has eviscerated most of the tops of trees around where the firefighters are working.

Also, fatigue can creep up on firefighters who aren't minding their stamina or are unaware of their own limitations.

"You really need to be in shape, you gotta understand yourself," he said. "It is taxing, you're carrying a lot of weight usually, and you're sweating all the time. A lot of people don't consciously remember to drink water and keep salt in their body, and electrolytes and stuff.

"This is a pretty good fire. It could have gotten pretty bad. But it's under control."

Video/Files: The Canadian Press, Kelowna Capital News

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