Skaha Creek fire behavior increases as temperatures rise – Penticton News – .

Skaha Creek fire behavior increases as temperatures rise – Penticton News – .

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the Skaha Creek fire now covers 73 hectares.

“Several skimmers and tankers continuously started the fire today and were able to support the ground crews in their direct attack efforts along the eastern flank. “

“Staff will be on site overnight to monitor the fire. No structures are threatened at this time, ”BC Wildfire said in a tweet.

The Penticton Indian Band Emergency Operations Center shared an update on Facebook.

“Currently, the fire has reached the peak. The drop in temperatures will help suppress the fires, allowing ground crews to continue fighting and creating fire guards. ”

On Monday, the fire will be managed by the incident management team at the Okanagan fire complex.

“Smoke and planes will remain visible to Penticton, surrounding communities and travelers on Highway 97 due to this fire for the next few days,” a tweet said.

BC Wildfire reminds the public to stay away from all aircraft collecting water from nearby lakes.

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m.

According to BC Wildfire, the Skaha Creek fire spanned 45 hectares.

Several residents of the district say that the flames of Castanet are visible.

“The fire seems to be moving down the hill towards the city,” said one resident.

No structure is threatened by the fire at this time.

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

The Skaha Creek fire now has an estimated area of ​​45 hectares.

A total of 20 ground personnel remain on site and are supported by a piece of heavy equipment and a skimmer plane.

Fire Information Officer Taylor MacDonald says the fire continues to expand due to dry fuels and hot conditions.

“I think there is also a little wind in the area, but it is not only due to the wind. “

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

According to BC Wildfire, the Skaha Creek fire now has an estimated area of ​​35 hectares.

Officials warn the fire could affect operations at the Penticton airport as well as boating on Skaha and Okanagan lakes.

A total of 20 ground personnel are on site, supported by a piece of heavy equipment and a skimmer plane.

Skimmers continue to provide in-place cooling action in the retarder lines laid yesterday.

Smoke and planes can remain visible to Penticton and travelers on Highway 97 throughout the day.

Currently, no structure is threatened.

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m.

Warmer temperatures again led to increased fire behavior and smoke on the Skaha Creek blaze, burning west of the Penticton Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Smoke from the fire is now visible throughout the Penticton area and winds in the city are increasing.

“As we get into the heat of the day, we might see an increase in smoke and activity,” said Fire Information Officer Taylor MacDonald. “It looks like smoke has accumulated a bit in the area so people will be able to see it from Penticton and along Highway 97.”

The fire, which remains at around 17 hectares, exhibits Rank 2 behavior, meaning it is a burning surface fire with an open flame visible. Twenty firefighters are working on the blaze, along with a piece of heavy equipment and six water skimmers.

“We have the six protein skimmers supporting our ground staff in this incident this afternoon, they’re just providing cooling action in the fire retardant lines that were laid yesterday,” MacDonald said.

She reiterated the need for Skaha and Okanagan Lake boaters to avoid skimmers and allow pilots to do their jobs safely.

No structure is currently threatened by the fire.

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m.

The water skimmers are back on the Skaha Creek wildfire on Sunday afternoon.

Video from the Penticton area shows the team of six skimmers refueling on Okanagan Lake, before hitting the fire that burns west of the Penticton airport.

The City of Penticton has asked boaters to stay near the shores of Skaha and Okanagan Lakes so as not to interfere with pilots.

The new forest fire was started on Saturday afternoon and quickly reached an area of ​​around 17 hectares.

Cooler nighttime temperatures have slowed the growth of the fires, but with warmer temperatures on Sunday, fire activity is expected to increase further.

No structures are currently threatened by the fire, but the City of Penticton says the response to the fire could impact flights at the Penticton airport.

“Anyone entering or exiting the Penticton Regional Airport over the next few days is encouraged to visit for up-to-date flight information,” the city said in a press release.

UPDATE: 9:10 a.m.

Cooler nighttime temperatures and higher relative humidity helped slow the growth of the Skaha Creek wildfires on Saturday evening.

The fire started in the hills west of the Penticton airport around 2 p.m. Saturday. As several skimmers hit the fire hard throughout the afternoon, the blaze reached 17 hectares.

“We saw good recoveries overnight last night with higher relative humidity and cooler temperatures,” said Taylor MacDonald, fire information manager.

“That may change as it gets warmer today, we can see a little more activity on it… it’s supposed to be a pretty hot day today. “

About twenty firefighters are assigned to the fire on Sunday, as well as two helicopters. MacDonald noted that more helicopters might be available later today, and the skimmers that hit the fire on Saturday are also available if needed.

No structure is threatened by the fire at this time.


Water skimmers hit the new wildfire behind Penticton Airport hard on Saturday afternoon, but the fire spread further into the evening.

The Skaha Creek forest fire started around 2 p.m. Saturday, in the hills west of the Penticton airport. In the evening, the BC Wildfire Service estimated the fire to be approximately 17 hectares.

Twenty-three firefighters responded to the blaze, in addition to significant air support.

Castanet will have more information on the BCWS response to the fire later Sunday morning.

Although there has been cooler weather in the region in recent weeks, the BCWS said conditions remain fairly dry.

The fire is suspected to be man-made, but no official cause has been determined.


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