Interface fire in northeast Penticton

Update 3: 8:49 a.m.
Both Penticton Fire Dept and provincial ground crews remained on site last night to deal with hotspots. Provincial crews pulled back at 1 a.m., with Penticton firefighters dealing with hotspots through the early morning. Provincial crews are anticipated to relieve city firefighters at approximately 10 a.m. to ensure no additional flare ups.

This is the final update, unless the status changes. Please note: A fire ban is in effect for the Regional District and the City of Penticton. Everyone is asked to use their fire smarts and be responsible while camping and hiking.

Update 2: 5:28 p.m.

Penticton Fire Dept crews are working hard to contain the fire. Assistance from Forestry ground crews, air tankers and helicopters was provided to get ahead of the area - reportedly 2 hectares in size. The head of the fire has reportedly slowed due to the fast attack with several resources. Ground crews will continue with the containment and hot spots, as air support redeploys to other fires in the region. With the intensity of the heat, crews are being monitored closely for safety.

RCMP are conducting traffic control on impacted roads in the northeast sector. Drivers are asked to refrain from parking on the roads and be careful in the area.

Update 1: 3:49 p.m.

The Penticton Fire Department is responding to a report of an interface wildfire up near Spiller Road in the northeast sector of Penticton. Air support has been requested. Updates will be posted as they come available.

Are you prepared? The best time to get prepared for an emergency is before it happens. Basic items your family needs to survive 72 hours include:
  • Water - at least two litres of water per person per day, including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order. Water should be replaced once a year.
  • Food – that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods. This should be replaced once a year.
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter. Remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep.
    Battery-powered or wind-up radio, and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan including contact information

Recommended additional kit supplies:

  • A change of clothing and footwear for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member
  • A whistle in case you need to attract attention
  • Garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Toilet paper and other personal care supplies
  • Safety gloves
  • Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, fasteners, work gloves)
  • Small fuel-driven stove and fuel (follow manufacturer's directions and store properly)
  • Two additional litres of water per person per day for cooking and cleaning

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