UPDATE 12 a.m.
The evacuation alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has been upgraded to an evacuation order.
Smoke for them Crater Creek and Gillanders Creek wildfires burning near Keremeos have caused poor visibility from heavy smoke.
The RDOS is advising anyone at Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park and the Snowy Protected Area to shelter-in-place.
Those fleeing the the wildfires should check in at the Keremeos Victory Hall.
UPDATE: 8:03 p.m.
The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen is issuing an evacuation alert for Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” along the Ashnola River in the Cathedral Provincial Park including the Cathedral Lakes Lodge and in the Snowy Protected Area, due to the wildfires burning near Keremeos.
The Crater Creek wildfire is causing significant smoke that can be seen all the way from Kelowna. Residents in the Kelowna area reporting seeing a growing plume of smoke starting just before 7 p.m.
The Crater Creek wildfire is estimated to be 697 hectares and the Gillanders Creek wildfire is estimated to be 480 hectares in size. These fires are burning in steep and dangerous terrain, challenging response efforts and posing a significant risk to responder safety on the ground.
“Responder safety remains the top priority of the BC Wildfire Service. Due to the hazard posed by the very steep terrain at this location, crews assigned to this fire are working only where it is safe to do so, and a modified response approach will be taken,” stated the wildfire service.
Yesterday, 10 personnel were on site of the Crater Creek wildfire supported by three helicopters working the north flank of the blaze. Today there is heavy equipment on site along with two helicopters bucketing.
The following properties are on alert:
1655 ASHNOLA RD
1609 EWART CREEK RD
1612 EWART CREEK RD
1617 EWART CREEK RD
1621 EWART CREEK RD
2211 EWART CREEK RD
DISTRICT LOT 2200S
SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT DISTRICT LOT 2391S
SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT DISTRICT LOT 2864S
SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT DISTRICT LOT 3235S
SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT DISTRICT LOT 3236S
SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT SIMILKAMEEN DIV OF YALE LAND DISTRICT
RANGER STATION – CATHEDRAL LAKES PARK
BC Wildfire Service is currently working on specific flanks of two wildfires south of Keremeos.
The Crater Creek and Gillanders Creek wildfires have been burning south of Keremeos since mid-July, with the former now an estimated 697 hectares in size and the latter covering 480 hectares.
A spokesperson for the Kamloops Fire Centre confirmed that heavy equipment and helicopters were deployed to the north flank of the Crater Creek wildfire on Aug. 15.
A 10-person crew had been deployed on Aug. 14, but the steep terrain and high temperatures have made things difficult.
The extremely steep area poses a safety risk for ground crews on the fires.
The Gillanders Creek fire is currently under a modified response where it is largely being monitored by BCWS, BC Parks and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band.
On Aug. 14, an initial attack crew was sent out to work on the southeast flank of the fire.
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