Fire grows to 100 hectares
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UPDATE: 7:40 PM
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the Keremeos Creek wildfire, which has grown rapidly since the Friday afternoon spark outside Penticton near Apex Mountain.
The bushfire is located about 13 miles southwest of Penticton. BCWS said the bushfire is estimated at 100 hectares.
Ten men and two helicopters are on the scene and additional personnel and a construction protection unit are on their way to the hinterland location.
“This wildfire is on a site that is currently unusable to support air tankers and heavy machinery,” BCWS said.
UPDATE: 7:07 PM
Eight BC Wildfire Service personnel and two helicopters are at the scene of a bushfire outside Penticton, near Apex Mountain.
Fire chief Aydan Coray said additional personnel were on their way.
The fire is currently estimated to be eight hectares in size and is believed to have started in the late afternoon.
BCWS expects to release another update in the next hour.
ORIGINAL: 5:45 PM
The BC Wildfire Service has a helicopter at the scene of a wildfire outside Penticton, near Apex Mountain, Friday afternoon.
Fire information officer Aydan Coray said three planes are on their way and once resources are in place BCWS will have some more information about what they see in the area.
The estimated location of the new fire is near Keremeos Creek, at Green Mountain Road and Ford Lake.
Castanet will update this story as more information becomes available.
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