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Update: Evacuation alerts rescinded for residents near Peachland wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire burning near Peachland grew four hectares Tuesday

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

All evacuation alerts have been rescinded for Peachland and in the West Electoral Area of the Central Okanagan, according to a Central Okanagan Emergency Services Centre news release.

The following addresses and streets in Peachland are no longer on alert:

6107 – 6146 AITKENS RD

4720 – 4728 BLACKSMITH PL

6205 – 6230 BONNIE LANE

6272 – 6590 BULYEA AVE

6148 – 6178 DAVIES CRES

4948 – 5079 ELLIOTT AVE

6503 – 6551 FERGUSON PL

6093 – 6212 GUMMOW RD

6649 HARDY ST

6040 – 6054 HAWKES ST

6201 – 6265 HEIGHWAY LANE

5920 – 6663 HWY 97

2-6663 HWY 97 – 34-6663 HWY 97

6696, 6705 HWY 97

1-6711 HWY 97– 40-6711 HWY 97

5247 INGA ST

6400 – 6493 KEYES AVE

6106 – 6266 LIPSETT AVE

6421 – 6465 MACK RD

5440 – 5463 MCDOUGALD RD

6229 – 6261 MILLER RD

5420 – 5443 PIERCE PL

5357 – 5495 PIERCE ST

5960 – 5976 PRINCESS ST

4525 – 5379 PRINCETON AVE (odd addresses on south side)

6472 – 6486 RENFREW CRT

6226 – 6650 RENFREW RD

RENFREW RD PARK CEMETERY

6482 – 6568 SHERBURN RD

6404 – 6439 STUART CRES

6471 – 6485 STUART CRES S

6267 SUNDSTROM CRT

6691 – 6789 THORNE RD

6306 – 6376 TOPHAM PL

6363 – 6575 VERNON AVE

6203 – 6297 WHINTON CRES

6107 – 6192 WILSON RD

6325 – 6391 YORK LANE

The following properties in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area are no longer on alert:

303 – 307 LOG CHUTE RD

7100 – 7210 BRENT RD

6801 – 6895 HWY 97 SOUTH

7212 – 7280 HWY 97 SOUTH

Finlay Creek Cabins

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Mount Eneas, the wildfire just outside Peachland is expected to grow in a southerly direction today, assuming that the weather forecast pans out.

The fire currently sits at an estimated 1,793 hectares in size and is still considered out of control.

The biggest challenge for the time being is that public interest is high and slowing traffic is an issue, said Noelle Kekula, in her afternoon statement.

Crews are continuing to establish control lines and are building hose line from the north to south sides of the fire.

Currently there are 97 personnel are on site, and five air support.

Rapid repeat water dropping!

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UPDATE: 9 a.m.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Mount Eneas wildfire, south of Peachland, is still considered “out of control” as of Wednesday morning.

The fire is currently estimated at 1,793 hectares in size.

“Today’s objectives are to continue to tie the merging fires with control lines. Crews continue to build hose line from north to south on each side of the fire,” says fire information officer Marla Catherall.

“Today we have 97 personnel in total on site, 82 of which are BC Wildfire Service personnel and 15 are contract crews. We also continue to have night crews on both the east and west flanks who will continue to extinguish hot spots and patrol.”

As for the smaller nearby Peachland creek wildfire, about 2.5 kilometres west of Peachland, Catherall says it is being held at 23.1 hectares

“That means we do not anticipate any further growth due to weather conditions and suppression efforts,” says Catherall.

“We have 15 personnel on site today and two pieces of heavy equipment. This fire is in very steep terrain, in particular the west flank.

”Today’s objectives are to continue to work on the workable sections. The entire fire has been hand guarded and crews are working to completely extinguish hotpots in the ravine.”

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ORIGINAL: 6:30 a.m.

The Mount Eneas wildfire burning near Peachland grew slightly Tuesday and was last mapped at 1,793 hectares.

This blaze is classified as out-of-control as BC Wildfire Service cannot guarantee that it won’t continue to spread if fuelled by wind, and BC Wildfire predicts that will generally be in a southerly direction.

RELATED: Vehicles, out buildings burned in wildfire near Peachland

BC Wildfire is continuing to merge fires in the Peachland region with control lines as well as burn out any fuels as needed.

“Firefighters are extinguishing any hot spots that are left behind from these small scale burn operations,” states BC Wildfire.

Evacuation alerts for 698 properties in the Central Okanagan Regional District within the vicinity of the Mt. Eneas fire remain in place.

Properties on Alert include:

  • 7100 – 7210 Brent Road
  • 7212 – 7280 Highway 97 South
  • Finlay Creek Cabins

The fire was significantly smaller going into the weekend, but it was intentionally expanded as part of a larger plan to gain control over the blaze that was sparked by lightning last week.

Glen Burgess, incident commander for the Okanagan complex of wildfires told media Sunday afternoon that BC Wildfire intentionally increased the size of the Mount Eneas fire, forcing it to join with the nearby Munro Forest Service Road Wildfire wildfire.

“The objective was to remove that fuel at our time when the weather was co-operating,” said Burgess.

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