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UPDATE: Oliver wildfire flares up, fills air with smoke

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. Tuesday – The wildfire is now fully contained. It’s estimated at 18 hectares. Forestry officials say September is still experiencing dry conditions in the Okanagan and people should be diligent in forested areas.

UPDATE: 10:01 p.m. Monday – The cooler night time temperature has slowed the spread of the wildfire.  It’s estimated at between 10-12 hectares.  A team of 12 firefighters will remain on scene overnight.  Whether or not air tankers return will be determined in the morning.

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UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. Monday – The wildfire is now estimated at 9 hectares. Forestry crews say a team of 17 and air tankers are attacking the blaze. Helicopters are also being called in to bucket. The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch has been reporting that the blaze was contained at three hectares. But a Forest Protection Officer in the same fire zone says it wasn’t contained this morning. 

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Monday – The wildfire has flared up in Oliver, creating more smoke in the area. Air crews have been called in to assist.

UPDATE: 3:33 p.m. Monday – The Wildfire Management branch suspects the Inkaneep/ Mica Creek area wildfire was human-caused.

OLIVER, B.C. – A wildfire in the south Okanagan has been contained and is in mop up following work by crews on the ground and in the air Sunday night.

The blaze began east of the 4200 block of Nk’Mip road on Osoyoos Indian Band land, near the Mica Creek area.

The fire was contained to three hectares.

Crews from the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch worked until midnight to ensure the fire did not spread. A 3-person initial attack crew and unit responded along with a helicopter for bucketing water onto the fire, according to information officer Kayla Pepper.

Airtankers dropped retardant to slow the fire’s spread.

No structures were threatened. The cause is under investigation, but is suspected to be human-caused.

A retardant drop is made over an Oliver wildfire Sunday as dusk sets in and the blaze creates smoky conditions.

Courtesy Doug Pederson/ Global Okanagan

The Nk’Mip Road/ Mica Creek wildfire in Oliver has flared up Monday afternoon, creating much smoke. An airtanker has been called in to calm the blaze.

Courtesy Oliver Daily News/ Global Okanagan

Retardant is dropped on an Oliver wildfire Sunday evening.

Courtesy Doug Pederson / Global Okanagan

A wildfire near Oliver grew to three hectares before being contained Sunday night.

Courtesy Oliver Daily News/ Global Okanagan

Flames consume dry brush Sunday during a quickly moving wildfire. The fire near Oliver has been contained.

Courtesy Oliver Daily News/ Global Okanagan

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