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Skaha Creek wildfire near Penticton 'being held'

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September 06, 2021 - 12:07 PM

A large wildfire burning to the southeast of Penticton is now being held.

The B.C. Wildfire Service doesn't anticipate the Skaha Creek wildfire will grow outside of its existing perimeter.

Temperatures could reach 25 C today under mainly sunny skies with light winds from the north, according to the service.

"Fire behaviour has the potential to increase with these conditions on areas of active fire, however significant progress has been made on the containment of Skaha creek wildfire and it is now considered being held," according to the service's latest update this morning, Sept. 6.

"Crews have successfully completed the establishment of the water supply system around the perimeter of the fire and crews will now work progressively inwards with water and suppression activities. The arid nature of the location means that all water must be transported from valley bottom. Helicopters will continue to support ground crews, as required."

The Skaha Creek wildfire is roughly six kilometres to the southwest of Penticton and mapped at 227 hectares in size.

After today, Sept. 6, the wildfire will no longer be considered a "Wildfire of Note" by the service. Wildfires of note are classified as fires that are highly visible or a threat to public safety.

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

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