A local state of emergency has been declared to facilitate the evacuation of a single Peachland home due to a 30-hectare wildfire that broke out Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. PT.
The home is in the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road.
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The Drought Hill fire is burning near Highway 97C between Peachland and West Kelowna and has reduced traffic to one lane in both directions. Officials are asking motorists to keep moving and not stop.
Crews from B.C. Wildfire management as well as 35 firefighters from West Kelowna and Peachland are on the ground fighting the fire.
Three helicopters, two air tankers and four skimmers are also involved in the fire fighting effort. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says more fire crews are on the way.
Officials are asking the public to slow down on the highway and make room for emergency vehicles.
Next update Friday 7 a.m. PT
As night fell, the regional district said the fire would be monitored overnight.