Credit: Contributed

UPDATED: Peachland wildfire now at 100 hectares

The Finlay Creek wildfire southwest of Peachland and Kelowna, is burning rapidly

Update 8:45 p.m.

Fire officials say they are hoping for cool temperatures and less wind overnight as crews continue to battle a fast-growing fire southwest of Peachland.

Near Finlay Creek, the fire has quickly escalated in size and is now estimated at 100 hectares, continuing a pattern of doubling almost every hour since it began to burn.

BC Wilfire Service spokesperson Rachel Witt said there wasn’t a lot of good news on the fire, however it had been lowered down to a rank two, meaning there was less open flame.

“Fire behaviour has decreased down to rank two which is less open flame so hopefully tonight we’ll see those temperatures drop, the wind drop, humidity recovery drop and hopefully that will help suppression efforts.”

Seven firefighters and two pieces of heavy equipment will remain fighting the fire overnight, attempting to use what Witt called an extensive network of roads to act as a fire guard.

Witt said crews were hopefully to get a break through the evening.

“There’s nothing but sunshine and heat for the foreseeable future, so we’re hoping at night-time we at least get a bit of a reprieve,” she said.

Update: 6:19 p.m.

The Peachland fire is growing quickly and is now estimated to be 20 hectares in size, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Steep terrain and strong western winds are giving firefighters trouble containing the blaze, which has doubled in just over an hour.

The fire is near Finlay Creek, about seven kilometres south-west of Peachland.

There are airtankers along with helicopters aiding in the fight with seven initial fire-fighters on the ground and more on the way.

Reporter Kathy Michaels on the scene says the wind is picking up near Peachland as firefighters continue to attack the blaze.

UPDATE: 5:48 p.m.

Kelowna Capital News reporter Kathy Michaels is in Peachland and has filed this video:.

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

The Finley Creek wildfire is currently 10 hectares in size and located 7.5 kilometres southwest of Peachland.

Air tankers are on site attacking the blaze and helicopters will continue to drop water after the tankers are finished, according to BC Wildfire Service information officer Rachel Witt.

According to reports, wind activity in the area is increasing the size of the blaze.

Currently, seven wildfire firefighters are on scene with an additional unit crew of approximately 20 firefighters on the way.

No structures are threatened at this time.

Original:

The BC Wildfire Service is currently responding to a fire in Peachland.

Witnesses reported the fire around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Capital News will update the story as more information becomes available.

 

Credit: Contributed

Just Posted

Canadians on epic journey arrive in Nanoose

Snaw-Naw-As First Nation welcomes participants of Canada C3 voyage

Kwalikum Secondary student back from year in Netherlands

Don’t pass up opportunity to travel with Qualicum Beach Rotary’s help, says Taylor Hunter

Resident slam loud dynamite blasting at Cedar Ridge Estate development

Sleigh feels insulted by Mayor Lefebrve who failed to understand their suffering

RDN creates new service to fund INfilm

Regional district to enter three year agreement with film commision for annual funding of $50,000

Bowser school asks RDN to double funding for outdoor learning area

From $30,000 to $60,000 for Tulnuxw Lelum Cultural Learning Space

VIDEO: Parksville home to new film studio

Film studio just off Highway 4A

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Police on motorcycles tap on windows of distracted drivers in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP Supt. Cameron Miller says a police motorcycle has been effective in enforcement

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Generals top division-leading Wolves, 5-1

Home game on tap Sunday afternoon against Victoria Cougars

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Kellers Jewellers in Lantzville suffers break-in

Incident happened around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 21, say police.

Most Read