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Mount Law fire spreads after winds and planned ignition

Click to play video: 'Helicopters battling Mount Law wildfire' Helicopters battling Mount Law wildfire
Video of helicopters bucketing the Mount Law wildfire on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The footage was shot from a beach in Peachland – Aug 26, 2021

The Mount Law fire took a turn for the worse on Wednesday night, though fire crews were able to get to it fast.

The wildfire that’s burning alongside Highway 97 C near Peachland and West Kelowna jumped its boundaries early Thursday after strong winds and some planned ignitions.

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“Unfortunately, a small spot fire occurred in the area to the south of the highway, and crews including the local fire department have (been working in the area) this morning,” BC Wildfire said in its morning update.

“We also had a small spot fire start on the eastern side of Drought Creek and crews are currently conducting direct attack on this area. Large Air Tankers may be used throughout the day to assist with containing the spread of this spot to the east.”

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BC Wildfire and emergency crews from West Kelowna and Peachland have been actively fighting the fire since 2 a.m., the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said.

Helicopters are currently supporting crews on the ground. Additional air support is expected with the goal of maintaining established fireguards, the EOC said.

Click to play video: 'Evacuated B.C. couple returns home, controlled ignitions to start at Mount Law wildfire' Evacuated B.C. couple returns home, controlled ignitions to start at Mount Law wildfire
Evacuated B.C. couple returns home, controlled ignitions to start at Mount Law wildfire – Aug 21, 2021

No additional evacuation orders or alerts have been prompted by the increased activity of the wildfire and Highway 97C has been reduced to a single lane traffic flow in each direction for the safety of emergency crews and motorists.

The fire is estimated at 930 hectares and remains out of control.

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