British Columbia

Okanagan Falls wildfire contained

A B.C. wildfire that was threatening a dozen properties about five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls has been contained, officials said on Monday evening.
A wildfire broke out Sunday afternoon off White Lake Road, about five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls, B.C. (B.C. Wildfire Management Branch)

A B.C. wildfire that was threatening a dozen properties about five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls has been contained and the evacuation alert has been lifted, officials said on Monday evening.

A crew will remain in the area to take care of any hot spots near Willowbrook and Yellowbrick roads, they said.

About 42 firefighters and three helicopters had been fighting the 70 hectare fire since it broke out on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, wildfire crews continue to battle the fire near Perry Ridge in the Slocan Valley with firefighters putting guards up at key points. 

Some say smoke can be seen from Winlaw, but residents there are not in any danger.

B.C. fire information officer Melissa Welsh says the fire, which is believed to have been sparked by human activity, quickly spread through grass, sagebrush and open timber and was fanned by winds of 20 to 25 km/h early Sunday evening.

"This fire serves as a reminder to the public to be especially vigilant with their fire use or any spark-producing activity, as we are experiencing high to extreme fire conditions," she said in a written statement.

'Driest July' record just days away

It has also been hot and dry in Vancouver and Victoria, with over a month of no rain recorded at both airports. If the current dry forecast holds until Wednesday, this will be the driest July ever on record.

An offshore high pressure system will continue to keep things mainly dry for much of this week too, says CBC News Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Temperatures will be in the low 20s, so it will be hot in the sunshine, but breezes should make it feel more comfortable over the next few days, she says.

A few isolated rumbles of thunder and lightning for the North Shore may show up in the afternoons, something that brought a few drops of rain to the North Shore mountains this weekend, but nothing that will likely drift down to Vancouver.

With files from The Canadian Press