Westside Road fire now 80 per cent contained

A nice stretch of cool, rainy weather has given firefighters along Westside Road a helping hand.

A nice stretch of cool, rainy weather has given firefighters along Westside Road a helping hand.

The fire that started above Shelter Cove last week when ground smouldering from a previous lightning strike was whipped into fast spreading flames now sits at 550 hectares and is 80 per cent contained. All homes previously in its path are now behind a guard.

“There hasn’t been a lot of growth due to the weekend weather, but we are moving into a hot and dry trend,” said fire information officer Jordan Turner.

“We are working to get it fully contained before it’s too hot  and dry.”

The large swath of land in the fire zone isn’t in the same active state it was when the evacuations were called.

It’s smouldering and those in the area will likely see plumes of smoke rising here and there.

“We scanned from the air today, to see if there are areas of fire,” said Turner, noting they’re dealt with as need be.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has lifted all Evacuation Alerts or Orders in the area. This action was taken upon the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.