July 24, 2014 - 10:52 AM
PENTICTON - Evacuation alerts have been lifted for Apex and Jura mountain fires thanks to slow, steady rain falling in the South Okanagan and the hard work of wildfire crews.
Evacuation alerts for the following homes have been cancelled as of Thursday morning, according to the RDOS:
For the Apex fire: 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.
For the Jura fire: The evacuation alert is in effect for 606 residences: 115 to 131 Augur Road; 112 Bankeir Place; 105 to 136 Country Lane; 120 to 145 Jellico Road; 4067 to 4131 Lakesyde Road; 150 to 223 Lakeview Road; 113 to 117 Lee CK PL; 102 to 272 Link Lake Road; 4088 to 4116 Meadow Cresent, 114 to 126 Muskoka Road; 131 and 143 Osprey Place; 110 to 231 Pinewood Drive; 143 Jellico Road; 1556 to 4600 Princeton-Summerland Road; 1364 to 1862 Shinish Creek Road; 118 to 149 Tee Pee Lakes Place and 186 Trout Main FSR Road.
A short downpour of rain Wednesday afternoon followed by a steady flow overnight has bought wildfire crews some time as they continue to work effortlessly to put out three major fires in the Penticton area.
The last update from B.C. Wildfire came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, saying the Apex mountain and Boot Hill fires are both 100 per cent contained, and the Jura mountain fire is 90 per cent contained. But spokesperson for B.C. Wildfire, David Steeves says they may not be out of the woods yet.
"It only takes a couple days to get back into alerts,” said Steeves.
Yesterday’s storm brought a significant number of lightning strikes but no new fire reports have been made yet he said, although wildfire crews are anticipating calls later today.
He warned people to be on the lookout for lightning-caused fires and to continue the prevention of human-caused fires.
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