Update: Winds may fuel Mount Conkle wildfire near Summerland

This fire, like others in the region, was sparked by lightning last week.

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

The Mount Conkle wildfire in Summerland is being held at an estimated 118 hectares in size.

According to a statement from BC Wildfire Information officer Noelle Kekula there’s a chance for increased fire behaviour in all fuel types compared to yesterday if forecasted winds materialize.

She added that one of the challenges of this fire is that there are many fingers —the long narrow extensions of a fire projecting from the main body—which makes extinguishing the hot spots a time consuming task.

That said, crews had an effective Tuesday on the southern end by extinguishing hot spots 100 feet in. That work is continuing today.

UPDATE: 9 a.m.

The BC Wildfire Service reports the Mount Conkle fire, near Summerland, continues to be held at 118 hectares.

“32 personnel on site today with air support as needed,” says fire information officer Marla Catherall.

“Today’s objectives are to suppress the fire burning in cracks and crevices of numerous small steep canyons.”

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ORIGINAL:

The Mount Conkle wildfire in Summerland is being held at an estimated 118 hectares in size.

Today 48 firefighters will be on scene. BC Wildfire said they don’t anticipate further growth in this fire due to weather and suppression tactics and firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots 100 feet from the perimeter of this fire.

READ MORE: GROWING BUT CONTAINED

The biggest challenge has been that this fire has many fingers (fingers are long narrow extensions of a fire projecting from the main body), which is proving to be a bit difficult as they can be spotty.

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