Rose Valley Dam wildfire now estimated at 3 hectares, out of control

UPDATE: 9:32 p.m.

The Rose Valley Dam wildfire is still considered out of control, but it has reduced to three hectares in size.

Gagan Lidhran, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre tells Castanet “we will have one three-personnel crew stay overnight on that fire just to keep it monitored and make sure it doesn’t spread.”

Aircraft crews have stopped their efforts as they don’t fly in the evenings.

“No structures are immediately threatened. The cause is still under investigation,” says Lidhran.

Crews managed to make good progress despite strong winds. Smouldering hotspots remain but the fire is not expected to advance throughout the night.

West Kelowna Fire Department crews have left the scene while BC Wildfire Service remains onsite.

“We’d like to thank BC Wildfire for their assistance and expertise in fighting this complex fire. The geography of the area as well as the gusty winds and hot weather made this a tough fight for all involved,” says West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund.

“Teams from multiple agencies worked together in unified command to keep the fire small, prevent it from threatening homes and the drinking water supply for a large portion of our community. We thank the public for the multiple reports to 9-1-1 that helped us p
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