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Evacuation order rescinded, alert remains in effect for Kaleden

An air tanker drops a load of retardent in Kaleden yesterday afternoon. Eighteen properties in Kaleden have been evacuated and 165 properties placed on evacuation alert by the regional district last night, July 4, 2017.
July 05, 2017 - 6:53 AM

PENTICTON - A mandatory evacuation of 18 homes following a wildfire in Kaleden has been rescinded.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen said in a press release issued late this morning, July 5, that 186 properties remain under advisory evacuation alert.

The fire began around 3:45 p.m. yesterday, July 5, and is now 6.5 hectares in size. It is believed to have started along Oak Avenue.

The alert comprises the entire southern half of the community.

B.C Wildfire crews and  the Kaleden Fire Department are currently fighting the blaze.

For a complete list of properties under the alert go to the Regional District website and click on “2017 EOC” on the top right hand side.

All citizens evacuated due to this fire are asked to register with Emergency Social Services at the Penticton Community Centre located at 325 Power St. in Penticton.

— This story was updated at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 with new information from the Regional District regarding evacuation status.

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