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Penticton's Christie Mountain wildfire being held

The Christie Mountain wildfire is now considered as 'being held' by the B.C. Wildfire Service.
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August 26, 2020 - 10:58 AM

The Christie Mountain wildfire has shown no growth in the past couple of days.

B.C. Wildfire Service reports today, Aug. 26, the fire is now considered “being held” at 2,035 hectares burned. That status means the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions.

Evacuation orders for Heritage Hills were lifted yesterday for 319 properties in the community, which is now on evacuation alert.

Evacuation alerts for 116 properties in the upper Carmi and Skaha Bluffs area have also been lifted, as was an evacuation alert for Penticton.

An area restriction around the Christie Mountain wildfire continues. More information can be found on this information bulletin.

The fire continues to be worked by 223 firefighters, 12 helicopters and four pieces of heavy equipment. Firefighters will continue to patrol the area around Christie Mountain Lane Apple Court to Matheson Drive, in addition to seeking hotspots to the south of this area.

The wildfire, located six kilometres north of Okanagan Falls on the east side of Skaha Lake, was first reported on Aug. 18.

Its cause is unknown and under investigation.

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