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Winds expected to pick up near 230 ha wildfire burning close to Penticton

The Hedges Butte wildfire was discovered 12 kilometres southwest of Penticton on Sept. 3.
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September 04, 2021 - 8:50 AM

A wildfire burning to the southwest of Penticton has not seen significant growth overnight but the B.C. Wildfire Service is expecting winds to pick up today.

The Hedges Butte wildfire is roughly 12 kilometres southwest of the city along Green Mountain Road. It was discovered yesterday, Sept. 3 and reached 230 hectares in size last night.

The cause is currently under investigation, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Wildfire crews remained on scene overnight and 33 personnel are on site today with one helicopter, heavy equipment and more aircraft will be joining crews throughout the day, said wildfire information officer Aydan Coray.

Skimmers may also join efforts on the Hedges Butte wildfire, so Coray is warning residents to keep an eye out for aircraft on Skaha Lake this weekend.

The fire’s growth was mostly through the late evening, she said. “We’ll see with the heat of the day and we are expecting some winds today as well.”

Growth was experienced in the north, northwest direction of the fire, not in the direction of communities, she said.

No structures have been threatened at this time but alerts remain in place for properties within the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and Penticton Indian Band. For more information on alerts, visit the regional district and band’s websites.

Traffic control is in place along Green Mountain Road and delays can be expected but the road is still open, Coray said.


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