PENTICTON, BC: On August 6, 2020 at 8:18 AM, Penticton RCMP responded to assist the Penticton Fire Department in responding to a brush fire along Highway 97 near Sage Mesa Drive in the West Bench area of Penticton.
All available frontline RCMP resources engaged in a strategic tactical evacuation of upwards of 80 homes and a golf course that were at risk due to the spreading flames.
The RCMP is conducting traffic control and has now secured the area to allow fire crews with both the Penticton Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service to battle the blaze.
Fire crews continue to make progress on the Dry Lake fire also burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre. The fire is burning approximately 24 kilometers northwest of Princeton. An evacuation alert for 43 properties along Hwy 5A was issued on August 3.
Approximately 9 pieces of equipment and 45 crew members continue to fight the wildfire which is an estimated 21 hectares in size. The cause of the wildfire was lightning.
Police are also warning boaters on Okanagan Lake to stay clear of BC Wildfire Services aircraft that require access to the lake to carry out fire suppression efforts. Interfering with fire crews can have an impact on everyone’s safety and could impede their efforts. Penticton RCMP is deploying a police vessel onto the lake to assist.