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Lightning caused the Christie Mountain wildfire in Penticton

A helicopter with a water bucket is seen flying over the Christie Mountain wildfire south of Penticton, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / B.C. Wildfire Service
August 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Investigation of the Christie Mountain wildfire’s origin has concluded the fire was caused by lightning.

B.C. Wildfire reported the conclusions of fire origin and cause specialists in an updated report on the wildfire yesterday, Aug. 27. They say all human causes have been ruled out.

The fire has burned 2,122.5 hectares since it was first discovered Aug. 18, and has been considered a Rank 1, smouldering ground fire since Aug 25. The change in fire size is due to better mapping, not because it's still growing.

It is now classified as ‘being held.’

A number of evacuation alerts and an evacuation order for the fire have all been rescinded.

A crew of 213 firefighters, 12 helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment continue to work the fire, putting out hotspots, building guard and back burning.

An area restriction order continues around the fire.

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