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Decreased fire activity reported on Christie Mountain wildfire

The Christie Mountain wildfire remains unchanged from this afternoon to this evening, at 1,400 ha in size.
August 19, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The Christie Mountain wildfire settled down a little today.

B.C. Wildfire says fire activity decreased this afternoon, exhibiting rank 1 and rank 2 behaviour.

The fire has scorched 1,400 ha, destroyed one home and has prompted an evacuation order and two alerts. See the City of Penticton or Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen website for more details.

B.C. Wildfire says firefighters were hampered this afternoon by the area’s steep terrain and poor visibility.

Smoky conditions also limited use of fixed wing aircraft on the fire.

Forty firefighters will remain on site overnight, working on structural protection.

Eighty-six firefighters were on site today working with local fire departments and structure protection personnel throughout the day today, supported by nine helicopters.

Crews made progress, continuing work on the southwest flank of the fire building control lines.

The fire was first reported yesterday afternoon, Aug. 18. Cause is unknown and under investigation.

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