Hedges Butte fire reaches 230 hectares in less than 24 hours – Penticton News – .

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Hedges Butte fire reaches 230 hectares in less than 24 hours – Penticton News – .


UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

The number of firefighters battling the Hedges Butte wildfire in southwest Penticton on Saturday morning more than doubled since Friday, after dry conditions and strong winds pushed the small bushfire to about 230 hectares.

There are now 73 firefighters, nine helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment assigned to the new wildfire, burning about 12 kilometers from Penticton, while tankers and water skimmers will be on site Saturday if needed.

The BC Wildfire Service said crews were working on the slopes off Green Mountain Road on Saturday morning, creating hand guards in an attempt to contain the blaze.

“Planning for emergency guards is underway and heavy equipment will begin to build machine guards,” the BCWS said in an update on Saturday morning. “Helicopters will be used to extinguish the fire throughout the day today, as needed. “

Tankers dropped fire-retardant lines around the fire on Friday, while skimmers dropped water from Okanagan and Skaha lakes.

Sixty-five houses in the area have been placed on evacuation alert, but no evacuation orders have yet been issued. Green Mountain Road remains open with alternating single lane traffic.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 25 ° C on Saturday, with winds of 20 km / h expected to rise later in the afternoon.


ORIGINAL : 7h15

The Hedges Butte wildfire that started on Friday southwest of Penticton increased dramatically throughout the day and put a number of neighboring homes on evacuation alert.

The blaze started as a brush fire on Friday morning along Green Mountain Road, about 12 kilometers southwest of Penticton. Winds in the area caused the blaze to grow rapidly and its area was estimated at 230 hectares on Friday evening.

On Friday evening, the Okanagan Similkameen Regional District issued an evacuation alert for 47 properties near the fire, while the Penticton Indian Band put 18 other properties on alert.

Thirty firefighters, along with six helicopters and tankers, battled the blaze on Friday, with some crews remaining on the fire overnight.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Green Mountain Road remains open to alternating single-lane traffic in the area.

This new fire is burning just west of the Skaha Creek fire, which started last weekend.

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