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Update: Skaha Creek Fire “Relatively Contained”

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More than 200 properties located on the Penticton Indian Reserve in the vicinity of the Skaha Creek fire are still under evacuation alert. The fire has been relatively contained in the last 36 hours, a report said.

“Though active, the fire remained high on the slope (Monday), and is not currently threatening any buildings,” said the BC Wildfire Service in a Tuesday morning update posted on its website.

Environment Canada‘s Penticton forecast today predicts clouds and a 30% chance of rain. The high is just 18 C.

BCWS stated that “This slight downturn will help crews make significant progress in the containment of Skaha Creek wildfire,”

Crews will build guards today on the east, west, and south sides of the 212-hectare fire. Meanwhile, aircraft will monitor the north flank for retardant lines.

“A small, planned ignition could take place today on the east side of the fire to bring it safely to the guard, where crews will be able to action it.” The BCWS stated that there will be more smoke visible to the east of the fire near Penticton if an ignition operation is performed.

The service currently has 15 pieces of heavy equipment and 71 people on the ground. 13 more are on their way. There is also an aircraft available for emergency landings.

The fire, believed to have been human-caused caused, was started Saturday afternoon in the hills, approximately four kilometers west of Penticton Regional Airport.

Penticton Indian Band issued an evacuation alert late Monday afternoon for 210 properties located on the Penticton Indian Reserve South of Green Mountain Road. This includes Skaha Hills and Riva Ridge, as well as Holiday Hills RV Resort.

The band’s emergency operation center said that the fire was burning within the containment lines. An updated size estimate will be made later today.

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