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BC Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Alerts

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According to a report, the residents of 60 properties are on evacuation alert due to an out-of-control wildfire discovered Sept. 3, the Penticton Indian Band and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen announced.

According to BC Wildfire Service, the Hedges Butte wildfire was burning 12 km southwest of Penticton. It covered 2.3 kilometers as of Saturday morning.

The evacuation alert was issued Friday evening for rural properties. It came the same day that the fire was discovered.

According to a statement by the wildfire agency, “BC Wildfire Service responded with 30 ground personnel and six helicopters to the Hedges butte wildfire.”

Air tankers have been using fire retardants to stop flames from spreading, while other planes have dropped water.

The statement states that Skimmers also responded by dropping water from Skaha Lakes and Okanagan Lakes in order to cool down the fire.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, crews were present on Friday night to watch the fire all evening. Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

The statement continues, “The extreme drought conditions in the forest combined with increased winds caused the rapid growth of fire through Friday.”

“Crews will again be on-site on September 4th, working upslope from the Green Mountain road creating handguards for containment.”

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