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UPDATE: U.S. wildfire crosses border into Okanagan

August 14, 2015 - 4:51 PM

UPDATE: 4:49 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has now rescinded the evacuation order for residents of Nine Mile Place on Anarchist Mountain due to a reduced threat of wildfire.

Nine Mile Place, along with residents of Raven Hill Road and Raven Hill Place, will remain on evacuation alert due to continued strong winds in the area that may cause fire conditions to become volatile again, according to a media release.

The wildfire burning east of Oroville, Washington entered Canada yesterday, Aug. 13, and burned approximately 50 hectares of land within Canada. No homes or structures have been burned north of the border as result of this fire.

B.C. Wildfire crews remain on scene and the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department is now on standby.

The Regional District Emergency Operation Center will remain active to support the event.

8:26 a.m., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

PENTICTON - B.C. Wildfire crews are battling a new fire which crossed the 49th parallel near Osoyoos yesterday.

The B.C. Wildfire Service reports this morning, Aug. 14, the Sidley Mountain Fire has burnt 50 hectares on the Canadian side of the border.

The fire began in Washington State yesterday and crossed the border east of Osoyoos in the afternoon.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation order for people living at two ranches and six homes at Nine Mile Creek area on Anarchist Mountain, and residents of Raven Hill Road and Raven Hill Place are on evacuation alert.

B.C. Wildfire crews are assessing overnight growth this morning, as fire crews worked through the night on the blaze.

A crew consisting of 24 firefighters, three helicopters and two pieces of heavy equipment are working the fire, with a machine guard partially completed around the perimeter.

Lightning is believed to have been the cause of the fire.

The weather forecast for the area calls for thunderstorms accompanied by heavy showers late Friday afternoon and into the evening.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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