Crews ramping up efforts at Peachland wildfire

The Drought Hill wildfire is now estimated at 40 hectares in size.

  • Aug. 8, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Drought Hill wildfire is now estimated at 40 hectares in size. Currently there are 85 personnel on this incident consisting of Wildfire Management Branch personnel and members of the Peachland and West Kelowna Fire Departments.

Airtankers are working to reinforce retardant lines established yesterday. Four water bombers and two helicopters are working to cool hot spots to aid ground crews in establishing guard around the fire’s flanks.

Winds were calm overnight which helped firefighters prevent the fire from growing. Ground crews will keep a close eye on the weather today as there is the potential for extreme fire behaviour, gusty winds and high temperatures.

A Local State of Emergency remains in place to facilitate the evacuation of one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna due to the Drought Hill forest fire. More information at: http://www.cordemergency.ca/

There is a lane closure in effect westbound on Highway 97C four kilometres west of the junction with Highway 97. We urge the public to only use this route if necessary. More information is available at www.drivebc.ca. Boat traffic should also be conscious of aircraft gathering water nearby on Lake Okanagan.

More information is available at www.bcwildfire.ca. To report a wildfire, please call to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on cellular networks.

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