British Columbia

Wildfire near Osoyoos contained and evacuation alerts ended

B.C. Wildfire Service crews ignited controlled burns to stop the fire from spreading.

Evacuation alerts were issued for 14 properties as fire grew to 5 square kilometres

The Richter Creek fire was discovered on Monday. (BC Wildfire Service)

Fire crews have fully contained a wildfire west of Osoyoos and evacuation alerts in the area are now over.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire, about 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, is now being held. Crews will now begin to "mop up" and extinguish remaining hot spots.

"Sufficient fire suppression action has been taken so that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions," the wildfire service's website reports.

The fire grew to 500 hectares in size (five square kilometres) from 400 hectares, because crews ignited controlled burns to stop the flames from spreading.

Firefighters said the burns were successful, and the blaze is now in less steep terrain.

An evacuation alert was in place for residents of 13 properties along Sumac Road and Highway 3 in Cawston. People there were warned to be ready to leave on short notice.

That alert was in addition to one issued shortly after flames from a vehicle fire on Highway 3 spread into the surrounding grass and trees.

Over 100 firefighters, including support staff, battled the flames backed up by two helicopters.

With files from The Canadian Press

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