Updated: Nov 19
Skaha Creek Fire as of Monday, August 30, 2021
First spotted Saturday. the Skaha Creek Fire is 212 hectares in size. Its currently 6km southwest of Penticton.
Believed to be human caused.
The fire is classified as Out of Control.
Quoted From Wildfire News:
While working on the Skaha Creek wildfire, one of the Fireboss air tankers made a precautionary landing on Skaha Lake.
It has since been beached so that engineers can investigate the issue.
The crews continue to work on the east flank with direct attack operations and will be working to contain all spot fires across Skaha Creek Road. Heavy equipment will work to build an indirect line on the west and north flanks. There are two heavy and two medium helicopters working the fire today. Skimmers and air tankers will continue to support the incident, if necessary.
There were 5 helicopters, 9 skimmers, and 3 air tankers supporting the ground crews yesterday. The skimmers were providing cooling action and air tankers were putting down lines of retardant.
Heavy equipment worked along the west flank constructing guard and crews worked using direct attack method along the east flank.
This fire is highly visible to Penticton, surrounding communities, and Highway 97.
There are no structures threatened at this time. The fire continues to be a low to moderately vigorous surface fire with visible open flame.
An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Penticton Indian Band Council for properties in Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as in the PIB Lower Village south of Shingle Creek.
For more information visit the Penticton Indian Band Council website at: www.pib.ca
-53 Personnel (with an additional 13 arriving this afternoon)
-Incident Management Team
-8 Pieces of heavy equipment