Rain, cool weather help firefighters
contain Richter Creek blaze

Residents living on 14 properties in the East Similkameen are no longer under an evacuation alert as rain and cooler weather helped firefighters contain the Richter Creek fire.

“Due to the successful operations yesterday and today, the Richter Creek fire is currently being held,” the BC Wildfire Service is reporting. “This indicates that 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.”

Firefighters are expected to continue mopping up  — extinguishing a fire after it has been brought under control — along the south flank and also along the west guard, where aerial wetline had been established yesterday.

“Any hotspots found along the northern perimeter will be direct attacked by crews,” the service said in its report.

The area received rain Wednesday and Thursday, along with cooler temperatures and calmer winds — all conditions that helped ground crews contain the fire.

The fire, located about 12 km west of Osoyoos on Hwy 3, is believed to have started Monday afternoon from a vehicle fire that spread to adjacent grass.

The highway remained open to traffic.

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