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Firefighters to strengthen control lines on Christie Mountain

The Christie Mountain wildfire has grown to 2,000 ha, B.C. Wildfire says this morning, Aug. 20, 2020.
August 23, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The Christie Mountain fire near Penticton showed minimal activity for most of Saturday but started to increase on the southeast flank, BC Wildfire said in its morning update.

"The fire is burning in difficult rocky and sloped terrain with limited access points for ground crews and heavy equipment," BC Wildfire said, noting that the fire is still mapped at 2,035 hectares.

"Today 170 firefighters will work on site in conjunction with structure protection personnel and multiple fire departments. They will continue to build upon the ongoing progress on the southwest flank of the fire strengthening control lines for values protection. They will be supported by 16 helicopters and four water tenders. Crews continue to work on access points and contingency lines on the north and east flanks with eight pieces of machinery in the heavy equipment group."

They say the aviation fleet has been doing an excellent job at holding the fire and buying BC Wildfire time to follow up with crews.

Crews continue to reinforce control lines at Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park and are looking for potential areas for small burn out opportunities.

"They continue to make great progress on the southwest flank of the fire building and strengthening control lines for values protection," according to the update.

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