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Firefighters could use rain in blaze battles

The cooler, humid weather in the Interior is helping firefighters get ahandle on some of the massive wildfires there, but they haven’t yetbeen blessed with much-needed rain.

The cooler, humid weather in the Interior is helping firefighters get a handle on some of the massive wildfires there, but they haven’t yet been blessed with much-needed rain.

Fire information officers in Lillooet and Kelowna — where fires are roaring on Mount McLean and Terrace Mountain respectively — said about half of those blazes have been contained.

The Terrace Mountain fire covers more than 9,000 hectares and the Mount McLean blaze remains at around 3,800 hectares.

“We haven’t seen any rain yet but we do have overcast conditions, cooler temperatures and the humidity has risen, and … as humidity goes up, fire behaviour goes down,” said fire information officer Mitch Miller.

Tim Neal, a fire information officer in Kelowna, said the fuel around Mount McLean is still dry.

“The fire has dug down deep into the roots of the trees in the ground,” he said.

Mitchell added that crews have seen a “tremendous amount of support” from residents, who have been posting thank-you signs along roads and giving out baked goods.

 
 
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