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Evacuation alert for Penticton residents threatened by Christie Mountain wildfire rescinded

An evacuation alert for 3,700 Penticton properties was rescinded this morning , Aug. 24, 2020.
August 24, 2020 - 10:48 AM

Penticton residents under evacuation alert can breathe a sigh of relief today.

Effective at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 24, the Aug. 18 evacuation alert for 3,669 properties in the City of Penticton has been lifted, the city announced this morning.

"In consultation with B.C. Wildfire and our regional partners, it’s been determined the threat caused by the Christie Mountain Wildfire has subsided,” Penticton’s Emergency Operation Centre Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Donny van Dyk says. “I’m pleased to report the evacuation alert has now been lifted."

“On behalf of council and all our residents, we are incredibly thankful to all our partners who assisted us during this challenging time, including our local and supporting firefighters, RDOS, B.C. Wildfire, RCMP, Emergency Support Services and Penticton Search and Rescue, along with everyone who stepped up to get prepared and ready in the event an evacuation order had been necessary,” Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said.

READ MORE: How Firefighters are trying to protect Penticton homes from Christie Mountain fire

The release made no mention of the evacuation order for the Heritage Hills subdivision. A press conference is scheduled for noon today.

B.C. Wildfire crews continue to work the Christie Mountain wildfire, which broke out Aug. 18 and has burned 2,035 ha.

READ MORE: Here's what a hectare really looks like

There are nearly 200 firefighters currently working the blaze, along with 15 helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment. Fire behaviour over the past few days has been minimal with few flare ups, according to the latest report from B.C. Wildfire.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan firefighters lending their support to Penticton

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