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UPDATE: New wildfire southwest of Penticton grows to 17 ha

The Skaha Lake wildfire, Aug. 28, 2021.
Image Credit: BC Wildfire Service
August 28, 2021 - 2:37 PM

A new wildfire that was discovered to the southwest of Penticton this afternoon has grown to 17 hectares in size.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is reporting the fire is burning roughly six kilometres to the southwest of the city and is suspected to be human caused.

There are 23 wildfire personnel on site of the Skaha Creek wildfire. Skimmers and air tankers are supporting ground crews and good progress has been made as planes continue to drop retardant along the fire's flanks.

"A reminder to all water recreationalists to remain clear of all water skimming aircraft so these resources can safely pick up water on the lake surface," according to the wildfire service.

- This story was updated at 7:07 p.m. to provide an update on the fire's growth.

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