An “evacuation alert” issued to 3,669 properties in Penticton, British Columbia, on Tuesday, August 18, remained in effect the next morning as the fast-growing Christie Mountain Wildfire threatened homes.
That notice followed an evacuation order issued Tuesday to 319 properties north of Okanagan Falls, a town further south on Skaha Lake, as the blaze spread, CBC reported.
This footage, shot around 4.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon, according to the source, shows plumes of smoke in Penticton.
An update from BC Wildfire Service issued just after 2 pm on Wednesday said the fire was estimated to be 3,460 acres (1,400 hectares) in size, and was “burning in difficult rocky sloped terrain with limited access points for ground crews and heavy equipment.” The service warned that though the wind was favorable Wednesday, fire activity was expected to increase during “the hottest and driest part of the day.”
Penticton officials said air bombers were collecting water from the nearby Skaha Lake to battle the Christie Mountain Wildfire, and asked recreational boaters to steer clear of aircraft so they could operate without issue.
Mayor of Penticton John Vassilaki, whose own home was placed under the evacuation alert, lauded firefighters and other responders in a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, and said no structures in Penticton were under threat at the time. However, officials did acknowledge report that one home had been burned, but said they could not confirm that report as the homeowner had not yet been contacted. Credit: @CanucksNation4Life via Storyful