Okanagan Falls wildfire closes Highway 97 for three hours

Okanagan Falls wildfire closes Highway 97 for three hours

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A helicopter responds to a wildfire west of Green Lake Road near Okanagan Falls on Friday evening. (Brian Highley photo)

A fire burning west of Green Lake Road near Okanagan Falls left Highway 97 closed for over three hours on Friday evening.

Crews with the Okanagan Falls fire department and BC Wildfire Service are battling the seven hectare blaze, believed to be human-caused.

Around 6:30 p.m., DriveBC announced that Highway 97 was closed to all traffic one kilometre north of Okanagan Falls due to the brush fire and no detours were initially available.

The highway reopened just before 9 p.m.

A helicopter picks up water from Skaha Lake to fight a fire that started near Okanagan Falls Friday evening as on-lookers watch on the beach. (Brian Highley photo)

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