by Dave Preston
A small wildfire that started up Sunday afternoon near Bear Creek Road was the third such blaze this weekend in the Central Okanagan.
On Friday night, a fire started in the Gallagher’s Canyon area of Kelowna. Kelowna firefighters were helped by several helicopters and an airplane dropping retardant. The fire was quickly brought under control.
Saturday saw another small fire start up west of Peachland, approximately five kilometres west of ZipZone Adventure Park. Forestry firefighters were able to get a handle on the fire in short order.
Smoke was reported on a mountainside above Bear Creek Road Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from West Kelowna were joined by retardant dropping aircraft and helicopters. By Sunday evening, the fire was under control.
Continued hot weather has meant the fire danger rating in the Okanagan Valley and throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre as increased. As of Sunday afternoon, most of the centre was rated a high fire danger rating.