Kelowna: An operations officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service, Brad Litke, says there has been “significant progress” in the battle against the complex of wildfires around Lake Okanagan.

Brad Litke told a press conference that rain throughout the region on Tuesday and Wednesday aided firefighters’ efforts, and Kelowna International Airport has been able to reduce the airspace restrictions in the area that have been in place since August 18.

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna is currently still classified as out of control at about 123 square kilometres in size, and 95 firefighters are working on site today to combat the fire.

In neighbouring Kelowna, fire chief Travis Whiting says the blaze that led to evacuation orders in the city is now being held, and he expects people will be allowed to return to their homes later today. — Canadian Press 

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