Provincial fires crews battle the Trout Creek wildfire near Summerland from the air. Image: Donovan Wagner/Hiilite Web+Marketing

Update: Wildfire near Summerland mapped at 118 hectares

The Mount Conkle wildfire is 90 per cent guarded

UPDATE: 10 p.m.

The Mount Conkle wildfire near Summerland is now mapped at 118 hectares, but is still 90 per cent guarded by BC Wildfire Service crews.

A total of 40 firefighters were battling the blaze today.

“This fire has responded well to suppression efforts. It is currently 90 per cent hand and machine guarded with hose lined around the majority of the fire,” writes the BC Wildfire Service.

“Progress continues to be made on this fire.”

Related: Evacuation order amended, residents north of Summerland can return home

Related: Peachland is open for business

Related: Car thief nabbed by Mounties on wildfire duty

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Updated: 1:45 p.m.

The District of Summerland has rescinded an evacuation order for 23411 Callan Rd. and 25200 Callan Rd and issued an evacuation alert for 951 Meadow Valley Rd, according to the district’s website.

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Original:

The wildfire near Summerland is still burning, covering 93 hectares, but is being guarded by BC Wildfire Service crews.

This morning wildfire crews are working to strengthen the line around the Mount Conkle wildfire, located eight kilometres southwest of Summerland. Yesterday, the fire was 90 per cent guarded.

“Now our objective is to increase what you call a black line and to strengthen it so that the fire can’t jump it, so that’s our goal now,” said fire information officer Noelle Kekula.

After that, you’ll start to see containment numbers, she said.

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