British Columbia

Rain helps fire crews fight Slocan Valley wildfire

Fire crews in southeastern B.C. say cooler temperatures and rain are lending them an upper-hand as they continue to fight the season's biggest wildfire.

Guards have been erected around 70 per cent of the fire

A wildfire fighter battles a B.C. blaze. (CBC)

Fire crews in southeastern B.C. say cooler temperatures and rain are lending them an upper-hand as they fight the season’s biggest wildfire.

The 65-hectare fire continues to burn on the Perry Ridge right above the Slocan Valley but officials say they have managed to put up guards around 70 per cent of the blaze, which began about two weeks ago when lightning struck.

Eight helicopters and 110 people are trying to prevent it from encroaching on farms and residential areas in the valley below.

Karlie Shaughnessy, spokeswoman with the Southeast fire centre, says the guards have allowed crews to attack the fire from the ground.

Slightly cooler weather and rain has also helped contain the fire, she said.

Cool end to the week

The cool and showery end to the week is thanks to a spinning low-pressure system sitting just south of B.C., says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Temperatures are also on the cool side, struggling to hit 20 C Friday for the Vancouver International Airport. Afternoon thunderstorms are on tap again for the mountains. The showers will continue to taper off by Friday evening, but there is a slight risk we could see them again Saturday morning with cloudy skies. By Saturday afternoon though, Vancouver will get back into the sun with a sunny and warm Sunday and Monday outlook. If you are going camping this weekend, be sure to check the latest fire bans. Today's rain is not enough to lower the risk.