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UPDATE: Peachland wildfire estimated to remain at 1,000 hectares

View from the water of the Peachland Wildfire.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Hannah Park
September 03, 2017 - 6:59 PM

PEACHLAND - The battle against the wildfire near Peachland continues, however, no growth has been reported.

The Finlay Creek fire is estimated to remain at 1,000 hectares, according to B.C. Wildfire Services Information Officer Rachel Witt.

Throughout the night there will be 7 firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment on site. The firefighers will be batteling the blaze and building guard.

Witt said she spoke to a meteorologist who said "that specific area has not received precipitation since June so it is as dry as you can possibly imagine and that is the biggest influence on fire behaviour and spread."

It has also blanketed much of the Central Okanagan with smoke. Environment Canada ranks Kelowna air quality at eight or high risk.

Because the fire moved toward two regional district borders, the Emergency Operation Centre is expanding the Evacuation Alert to include about 206 additional properties over and above those that were put on alert last night.

The new properties under Evacuation Alert within the District of Peachland include:

  • 6575 – 7280 (correct) Highway 97
  • 4948 – 5079 Elliott Avenue
  • 6421 – 6465 Mack Road
  • 6457 – 6650 Renfrew Road
  • 6470 – 6484 Renfrew Court
  • 4949 – 5061 Princeton Avenue
  • 6487 – 6568 Sherburn Road
  • 6471 – 6485 Stuart Crescent South
  • 6503 – 6551 Ferguson Place
  • 6426 – 6575 Vernon Avenue
  • 6465 – 6590 Bulyea Avenue

The new properties under Evacuation Alert within the Regional District of Central Okanagan Central Okanagan West Electoral Area include:

  • Brent Road
  • Zipzone – upper Princeton Avenue (5875 Brenda Forest Service Road)

Due to Finlay Creek wildfire, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an Evacuation Order for areas west of Summerland.

B.C. Wildfire Service, RCMP, Penticton Search and Rescue and the Summerland Fire Service are on scene as the Evacuation Order straddles both the District of Summerland and RDOS borders, according to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen release issued this afternoon.

The following address' have been issued an Evacuation Order:

  • 476 Fish Lk Rd
  • 481 Fish Lk Rd
  • 498 Fish Lk Rd
  • 501 Fish Lk Rd
  • 535 Fish Lk Rd
  • 549 Fish Lk Rd
  • 552 Fish Lk Rd
  • 559 Fish Lk Rd
  • 571 Fish Lk Rd
  • 623 Fish Lk Rd
  • 628 Fish Lk Rd
  • 631 Fish Lk Rd
  • 822 Fish Lk Rd
  • 833 Fish Lk Rd
  • 852 Fish Lk Rd
  • 855 Fish Lk Rd
  • 877 Fish Lk Rd
  • 883 Fish Lk Rd
  • 884 Fish Lk Rd
  • 920 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1108 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1124 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1139 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1151 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1250 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1321 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1344 Fish Lk Rd
  • 1405 Fish Lk Rd
  • 26 Marsh Ln
  • 75 Marsh Ln
  • 100 Marsh Ln
  • 105 Marsh Ln
  • 155 Marsh Ln
  • 633 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 671 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 681 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 810 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 860 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 879 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 920 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 931 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 951 Meadow Vly Rd -Smld
  • 955 Meadow Vly Rd
  • 24 Osborne Rd
  • 30 Osborne Rd
  • 33 Osborne Rd
  • 35 Osborne Rd
  • 36 Osborne Rd
  • 36 Osborne Rd
  • 48 Savanna Rd
  • 12 Savanna Rd
  • 16 Savanna Rd
  • 22 Savanna Rd
  • 558 Relkey Rd
  • 574 Relkey Rd

Also, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has put  97 properties put on Evacuation Alert.

Those properties are located on Fish Lake Rd, Agur Crt, Mountain View Rd, Princeton-Summerland Rd, and Bathville Rd. Specific addresses can be found on the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre website.

People under the Evacuation Alert should be prepared to leave on short notice if conditions change.

If you have evacuated because of the Finlay Creek WildFire, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen stated the Emergency Reception Centre is located at 8820 Jubilee Rd. East and will remain open today until 8 p.m. 

B.C. Wildfire Service would like the public to know that fire crews are reporting difficult and dangerous terrain. It is not safe and they request that people stay clear of the area. Another update on the fires condition will be provided later this evening.

Evacuation alerts and orders are subject to change at a moments notice. For the very latest information, go to the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website.

A detailed map is available showing affected properties online at the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website.

For more information, see the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

More information on the current wildfire situation is available on the B.C. Wildfire website, Twitter feed or Facebook page. Information on roads and highways can be found on Drive B.C.’s website, Twitter Map, and their Twitter Feed.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen website can also provide more information.

— This story will be updated often. Last update time: 7:00 p.m.


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