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No growth on the Christie Mountain wildfire overnight

The Christie Mountain wildfire this morning, Aug. 26, 2020.
August 25, 2020 - 8:25 AM

B.C. Wildfire Service is reporting minimal growth on the Christie Mountain wildfire since yesterday.

The fire remains at 2,035 hectares and is currently a rank one, smouldering ground fire, the wildfire service reported this morning, Aug. 25.

The fire, which began on Tuesday, Aug. 18, about six kilometres north of Okanagan Falls on the east side of Skaha Lake, forced the evacuation of Heritage Hills subdivision as well as prompting evacuation alerts for southeast Penticton and the upper Carmi area, some of which have since been rescinded.

Today, 192 firefighters are working on site along with structural protections crews, working on the southwest flank of the fire.

Firefighter support from several other communities also continues.

They will be supported by 15 helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment.

Crews are also working to reinforce control lines at Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in addition to looking for small burn out opportunities.

Crews also continuing to closely monitor trigger points each day.

An area restriction has been implemented for the wildfire and continues to be in effect.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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