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Area restriction lifted around what's left of Christie Mountain wildfire

A helicopter with a water bucket is seen flying over the Christie Mountain wildfire south of Penticton, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / B.C. Wildfire Service
September 14, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Another sign there isn't much life left in the Christie Mountain wildfire south of Penticton.

Area restrictions were lifted around the 2,100 hectare wildfire today, Sept. 14. The blaze was brought under control late last week.

B.C. Wildfire Service said in a post to Facebook the restriction have been removed as wildfire personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate safely and efficiently. Crews continue to work what's left of the fire and the public should always exercise caution while travelling in the area.

Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority to order anyone to leave the area as significant hazards such as unstable trees damaged by fire may be present, as well as ash pits that can remain hot long after flames have died down, the wildfire service said.

The wildfire was discovered on Aug.18, on the east side of Skaha Lake around six kilometres north of Okanagan Falls. The fire resulted in an evacuation order and several alerts that have since been cancelled.

B.C. Wildfire Service believes the blaze was sparked by lightning.

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