Evacuation Order Issued for Areas Around Keremeos Creek Wildfire – Penticton News

The EOC says they are monitoring the conditions and encourages residents to follow the local media, the BC Wildfire Service and their EOC page for updates.

BCWS has now turned the Keremeos Creek wildfire into a wildfire. Information can be found online here.

The fire shows “aggressive fire behaviour”, according to BCWS.

The wildfire is still estimated at 100 hectares and the cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.


UPDATE: 8:40 PM

Firefighters continue to fight the Keremeos Creek wildfire, still spotted on 100 acres after Friday afternoon sparks outside Penticton near Apex Mountain.

BC Wildfire Service has 10 personnel and two helicopters are on site, with additional personnel and a structure protection unit en route to the backcountry site.

Graeme Lindsay, the deputy fire chief of Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue, took to a local Facebook page to let the community know that the area was not currently in danger.

“The smoke we are seeing from Apex is a new bushfire on the slopes above Green Mountain Road. The fire is not currently a threat to the Apex community. Resources have been allocated and we (Apex Fire Rescue) will keep everyone informed.” , he said.

Residents commented on social media that the fire appears to be moving away from Apex.

BCWS expects to have an update within an hour.


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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