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Ontario team takes over command on Central Okanagan wildfires

Evacuation alerts and orders remain in place
The McDougall Creek wildfire ripped through the Bear Creek neighbourhood destroying several home. Pictured is the shell of a garage structure, surrounded by burned objects. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

An Ontario Incident Management Team has taken over the Grouse Complex, which includes the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna.

Bucketing operations will continue today (Sept. 10) to assist ground crews. Mopping and patrols are taking place on all sides of the fire.

A lot of focus is on the west side of the fire where crews are cleaning up Powers Creek drainage and the Hidden Creek guard. Heavy equipment operations are expected to take place near Hidden Creek.

A structure protection plan has been completed for Glenrosa as a precautionary measure. Over 250 personnel are ready to mobilize if the fire pushes out of the Powers Creek drainage.

Winds are expected to pick up with temperatures reaching the high 20s. Fuels are starting to dry out and fire behaviour could gradually increase within the control lines.

A special weather statement is in place due to wildfire smoke.

The fire is estimated at 13,940 hectares.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan, Shuswap under a blanket of smoke


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Brittany Webster

About the Author: Brittany Webster

I am a video journalist based in Kelowna and capturing life in the Okanagan
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