July 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM
PENTICTON - A fire that broke out last week on Apex Mountain continues to burn but is 75 per cent contained as of Monday morning.
The fire is estimated to be 345 hectares in size and believed to be human caused, however an investigation is still underway.
There are 15 firefighters and one piece of heavy equipment working to put out the fire, according to the last update from BCWildfire.
Temperatures are expected to remain below 30 Celsius Monday with a 30 per cent chance of showers in the morning. Winds will pick up to 30 kilometres per hour today as well. The next few days will also bring cooler temperatures and at least a 40 per cent chance of rain.
146, 108, 22, 26, 18, 20 Apex Mountain Road; and 1992, 1940, 1918, 1995, 1925, 1907 and Burlington Ranch (Lot 5, Plan KAP70897 DL 1799 SDYD) on Green Mountain Road.
Residents of these properties are encouraged to prepare for leave the premises if it is found necessary. Further notice will be given to residents if an evacuation order is issued.
If your property has been flagged for an evacuation notice (meaning there is time before you will be asked to leave your home), you should locate everyone in the building and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area in case you get separated; gather essential items, such as medications, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents and keepsakes; prepare to move and disabled persons, children, pets and livestock; arrange accomodation for your family as soon as possible — Reception Centres will be open if required; and monitor news sources for information on evacuation orders.
Crews work to maintain the fire on Apex Mountain.
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—This story was updated on July 22, 2014 at 10:17 a.m. to include new information from BCWildfire.
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