British Columbia

Wildfire that sparked Penticton-area evacuations now unlikely to spread, officials say

The B.C. Wildfire Service says a fire smouldering south of Penticton, B.C., is unlikely to spread.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Christie Mountain fire is now classified as 'held'

Smoke can be seen in the hills above Skaha Lake on Christie Mountain in this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020 near Penticton B.C. (Chad Pawson/CBC)

The B.C. Wildfire Service says a fire smouldering south of Penticton, B.C., is unlikely to spread.

The service reclassified the fire, which has scorched more than 20 square kilometres on the east side of Skaha Lake, as "held" on Tuesday.

The service uses four stages of classification for blazes: out of control, held, under control and out.

A fire is held when the service believes that with the resources committed to the fire, enough action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread under prevailing or forecasted conditions.

Residents forced to flee the fire have all been allowed to return home.

Evacuation alerts covering more than 3,700 other properties have also been lifted.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said 74 properties remain under evacuation order. In fact, the evacuation order has been lifted for all residents.
    Aug 26, 2020 1:38 PM PT

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