Extra deliberate ignitions coming for Mount Regulation wildfire – West Kelowna Information

Mt. law: planned ignitions

Rob Gibson | Story: 343865

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The Mount Law wildfire continues to burn slowly downhill towards the Okanagan Connector Wednesday morning.

Okanagan Complex fire information officer Luke Robinson tells Castanet more planned ignitions will be done on the Mount Law wildfire along the southern and western sides of the fire.

Robinson says there are 85 ground crew members on the fire today along with seven helicopters and 23 pieces of heavy equipment.

“At this point in time, the fire is definitely doing what we expected it to do, very slowly backing down the south and eastern side and also backing down into the gully on the western side between Mt. Drought and Mt. Law. It’s definitely doing what we expect it to do.”

Robinson tells Castanet that fire crews from the Mt. Law wildfire were released on Tuesday afternoon to help fight the fire that broke out on Westside Rd.

“An initial attack crew that had been pre-determined as ready for initial response and two bucket helicopters,” he said, adding crews were also dispatched to a fire on Gillard Forest Service Road above Kettle Valley.

A westbound lane on Highway 97C will also be reduced to single-lane traffic as the planned ignitions begin around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, going throughout the afternoon and early evening.

“At night time when we’re seeing all those photos, the reason it looks worse than it is because there is no sunlight and you can actually see the fire.”

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