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UPDATE: Evacuation orders lifted for wildfire near Osoyoos

The more than 7,000-hectare wildfire continues to burn near Osoyoos
A retardant line stretched out across the ground near Osoyoos. Controlled burns have been completed on multiple flanks of the Eagle Bluff Wildfire by the BC Wildfire Service. (BCWS)

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.:

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and Town of Osoyoos have lifted all evacuation orders for the Eagle Bluff Wildfire as of 4 p.m.

The 132 RDOS properties around Kilpoola and Spotted Lake south of Highway 3, and the two properties in the Town of Osoyoos have now been shifted to being on evacuation alert only.

The previous 554 properties across the RDOS and Osoyoos on alert have now had those alerts lifted.

Original Story:

BC Wildfire Service is keeping up efforts on the Eagle Bluff Wildfire near Osoyoos but communications are once again down for some residents.

Telus customers in the Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas briefly had service restored on Monday, Aug. 7, after it was knocked out by the fire. By 2:12 p.m., though, it was out again according to Telus.

An update on Tuesday morning says there is no cause yet identified, and no estimated time that service will be restored. The original outage was caused by damage to Telus infrastructure from the fire.

READ MORE:BC Wildfire Service sees success with controlled Eagle Bluff wildfire ignitions

The most recent update available has the fire still sitting at over 7,060 hectares burned in Canada alone.

BCWS worked on several controlled burns over the last week that were successful, including one that was coordinated with U.S. crews across the border.

Monday, Aug. 7, was set to be the last night BCWS had planned to have overnight shifts for structure protection crews.

As of Tuesday, 132 properties in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, including the Kilpoola and Spotted Lake areas south of Highway 3, and two properties in the Town of Osoyoos remain under evacuation order.

A total of 554 properties remain under evacuation alert in the RDOS and Osoyoos.

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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