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Significant progress being made on Skaha Creek wildfire

The Skaha Creek wildfire, as seen from Eastside Road south of Penticton on Aug. 28, the day it was discovered.
September 04, 2021 - 9:52 AM

It’s been one week since the Skaha Creek wildfire was discovered and B.C. Wildfire Service crews have made “significant progress” containing it.

“Guard construction is complete around the fire and crews are continuing to supply water to the edge of the fire with the extensive hose and pump systems for suppression activities,” reads B.C. Wildfire’s latest update on Skaha Creek this morning, Sept. 4.

“The arid nature of the location means that all water must be transported from valley bottom. Helicopters will continue to bucket throughout the fire to support ground crews, as required.”

There are 53 personnel on site, plus an extra 13 arriving this afternoon, with 11 pieces of heavy equipment. Nine helicopters are being shared on wildfires throughout the Okanagan complex which includes large wildfires in the South and Central Okanagan.

No structure protection equipment is necessary at this time, according to the service.

The evacuation alert issued by the Penticton Indian Band council is still in effect for properties in Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as in the PIB Lower Village south of Shingle Creek.

The wildfire is 236 hectares in size and classified by the wildfire service as out of control. It is suspected to be human caused.

B.C. Wildfire also encourages residents to practice FireSmart safety around their homes.

“FireSmart homes and communities have a direct and positive impact on firefighting efforts. Visit the FireSmart BC website for information on how to help protect your home and your community from the threat of wildfire:”

READ MORE: New wildfire burning southwest of Penticton; evacuation alerts issued

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