According to the BC Wildfire Service, the crew was challenged overnight to fight the approximately 6,000-hectare Keremeos Creek wildfire.
There was no fire damage to the buildings, but the winds in the area and flares north of Olala plagued the crew until the morning of 6 August.
The BC Wildfire Service wrote in an update on Saturday that “on the northeast flank, crews are struggling with winds in the area and are working to build emergency lines.”
The fire covers 5,903 hectares and more than 500 properties are currently under evacuation orders. Across his two district districts in the affected Okanagan-Similkameen constituency and the village of Keremeos, 1,050 properties are on evacuation alert.
Strong winds made Thursday’s fires more active, and crews faced further challenges on Friday night on Olala’s northern southern flank.
“They did it, ignited it by hand to consolidate the line, and stopped the fire on a rocky bluff north of the village,” added the BC Wildfire Service.
A mighty upper ridge overlies the area on Saturday, and sprinklers will be installed behind the Green Mountain Road site on the eastern flank.
“Crews plan to build a fuel-free line from Green Mountain Road to the Mackay Creek staging area,” the update reads.
Throughout the night Wilderness and Structure crews patrol the area.
Planned ignition preparations will also continue as crews establish handlines along the Olala Creek Forest Service Road.
More than 200 evacuees are being assisted at the Penticton Reception Center at Princess Margaret Secondary School. RDOS is reminding residents it’s never too late to reduce the risk of damage by making the property her FireSmart.
Highway 3A remains closed from its junction with Highway 97 in Kaleden amid the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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No damage to structure overnight as crew continues to fight Keremeos Creek Wildfire
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