Residents of Salmon Arm are thinking of their South Okanagan neighbours in Penticton as the Christie Mountain wildfire continues to rage.
As of Friday, Aug. 21, more than 300 homes were under evacuation order in Penticton, while an evacuation alert was in effect for more than 3,600 properties in the southeast area of the city. At that time, the wildfire had reached 2,000 hectares in size.
Approximately 176 kilometres away, residents of Salmon Arm were closely following the news in Penticton, many able to empathize as their lives had in some way been touched by past wildfires, including the 1998 blaze which began in the Fly Hills and resulted in the evacuation of more than 7,000 residents of the Shuswap city. Those asked were keen to express their support and well-wishes to Penticton during this anxious and challenging time.