Finlay Creek fire between Peachland and Summerland still not contained

Smoke from the Finlay Creek fire can be seen in the distance, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017.

SUMMERLAND – The Finlay Creek wildfire near Summerland is still burning but has not grown since last night, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Heather Rice says more accurate aerial mapping puts the size of the blaze closer to 1,000 hectares today, Sept. 5, than the 1,500 estimated yesterday.

The fire is currently moving slowly south with the wind and is being actioned by seven helicopters and dozens of firefighters, Rice says.

It remains uncontained at this time.

An evacuation alert has been issued for properties along Garnet Valley Road north of Wildhorse Road. The District of Summerland issued the alert on Monday, September 4 as a “precautionary measure,” according to a media release.

“This is an alert only and residents are encouraged to take appropriate measures in the case that fire activity escalates," officials say. "In the case of an evacuation order, residents may be required to leave quickly and be away for extended periods of time. RCMP have issued the evacuation alert notices door to door to affected properties."

Residents with properties affected by the evacuation alert should take precautions and be prepared for a possible evacuation. Essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (such as insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and keepsakes should be gathered.

Pets and livestock should be moved to a safe area and preparations made for moving any disabled persons and/or children. Arrangements should be made for transporting household members in the case of an evacuation order.

Evacuation alerts and orders are subject to change at a moments notice. For the latest information, see the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Emergency Operations centre website. Questions regarding the evacuation alerts and orders can also be directed to Summerland’s Fire Information line at 250-486-3765.

A detailed map is available showing affected properties online at the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website.

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