UPDATE Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire now classified as under control

Firefighters are working alongside the military to extinguish the wildfire near West Kelowna

Update 6:03 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service has announced that the Gottfriedsen Wildfire is now classified as under control, after a successful day of suppression efforts, no further growth is expected.

Update: 11:11 a.m.

One hundred and nineteen firefighters continue to work alongside 70 military personnel today to extinguish the 633 hectare Gottfriedsen Mountain wildfire near West Kelowna.

Crews will continue to mop up the area along with the help of four pieces of heavy equipment and eleven helicopters that have been assigned to the Placer Mountain Complex as necessary.

Yesterday crews were successful in setting up a water delivery system out if Windy lake to supply a line of hoses around the perimeter of the fire.

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—Roger Knox

The Gottfriedsen Mountain Wildfire near West Kelowna no longer poses an iminent risk of danger to life and properties near Pennask, Mellin, Barton and Eileen lakes.

As a result, the Thompson Nicola Regional District has rescinded an evacuation alert incorporating all properties, camping areas north of the Coquihalla Connector, effective Saturday afternoon.

Crews and heavy equipment have established control lines around the entire perimeter of the Gottfriedsen Mountain Fire, about 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna and about eight km north of Highway 97.

Information on the 633 hectare-sized fire at bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca was last updated just after 5 p.m. Saturday.

RELATED: Canadian Armed Forces assist with mop-up of fire near West Kelowna

The fire is classified as being held, and water bladders have been established to improve water delivery to fuel free hose lays.

Visibility improved on the Friday, allowing a better size estimate to be recorded.

There are currently 119 personnel on site which includes 70 military personnel. There are four pieces of heavy equipment working on this fire with aviation support as required.

There are 11 helicopters assigned to the entire Placer Mountain Complex.



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