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Wildfire near Okanagan Falls now mapped at 5,500 ha

The Thomas Creek wildfire near Okanagan Falls, July 14, 2021.
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July 16, 2021 - 10:03 AM

A wildfire burning near Okanagan Falls is now mapped at 5,500 hectares.

The Thomas Creek wildfire, located 1.5 kilometres east of Skaha Lake, is still classified as out of control this morning, July 16.

B.C. Wildfire Service information officer Taylor MacDonald said the size increase is due to crews being able to get a better estimate on the fire's size yesterday, July 15.

"Ground personnel will continue to work on the south flank of the fire and are assisted by heavy equipment to establish and reinforce fire guards," according to the latest from the wildfire service.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation alert for 704 properties in Electoral Area D. More information on evacuation alerts can be found through the district's website.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and today, 30 firefighters, four helicopters and multiple pieces of heavy equipment are on site. Structure protection units are also on site along with the local fire department, according to the wildfire service.

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