Update 11:47 a.m.
The Penticton Indian Band posted a message on social media thanking the collaborating fire departments and BC Wildfire for their quick response to the wildfires on Wednesday morning.
“Tactical evacuations took place for six residences which have been downgraded to alerts at this point. Residents can return home, but are still on alert and still need to be prepared to leave in case of re-ignition,” reads the message.
Update: 8:44 a.m.
BC Wildfire crews that were returning to the Penticton base from working at a fire in West Kelowna spotted a wildfire west of Penticton early Wednesday morning.
Nicole Bonnett, BC Wildfire media spokesperson, said there is two fires that were burning closely — one reported on June 18 on West Hills Road (0.01 hectares) and the other, reported by the wildfire crews on June 19, that is sitting at nine hectares on Green Mountain Road.
Bonnett said BC Wildfire had two crews in the area during the initial attack to assist the Penticton Indian Band Fire Department. She said they now just have three people on scene assisting and they have classified the fire as held.
The Penticton Fire Department was also called out to assist.
BC Wildfire has listed a new blaze just west of Penticton on West Hills Road.
The fire was reported on June 18 and is estimated to be 0.01 hectares.
The Penticton Western News will have more on this as information becomes available.
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