The BC Wildfire Service says the fire has level 2 behavior, which means it is a surface fire that burns with an open flame visible but does not threaten structures. 20 ground crew is on site, assisted by heavy equipment and skimmers.
The City of Penticton Says: “Although the Skaha Creek Wildfire poses no threat to properties within the boundaries of the City of Penticton, the response may be the services at Penticton Regional Airport as well as affecting recreational boating on Lakes Skaha and Okanagan. “
Everyone arriving or departing from Penticton Regional Airport in the next few days is advised to check yyf.penticton.ca for up-to-date flight information.
Recreational boaters on Lakes Skaha and Okanagan are also asked to stay close to the shore so aircraft that respond to the nearby forest fire can collect lake water.
The Penticton Indian Band and Westhills Aggregates are also helping and improving the response Road conditions to allow crews and equipment better access to the scene of the fire. The band would like to remind the public to avoid areas and roads near the fire as it endangers the emergency services and the community.
The forest fire at Skaha Creek is now estimated at 6 acres and is classified as out of control.
Twenty-three BC Wildfire employees are currently responding, supported by skimmers and airtankers who have made good progress in cooling the fire and dripping flame retardants along its flanks.
The BC Widlfire Service reminds all water sports enthusiasts Stay away from all water-skimming aircraft so that they can safely pick up water on the surface of the lake.
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