Firefighters dealing with blaze
west of Osoyoos

The early threat that is this season’s wildfire worry was manifest close to home this afternoon.

The BC Wildfire Service has about 30 firefighters on the ground fighting a wildfire about 12 km west of Osoyoos hear Hwy. 3.

The fire — in the Richter Creek area — is classified as out of control, the BC Wildfire Service says.. It is estimated at 15 hectares in size.

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Blackened grass that swoops up into the hillside suggests the fire may have started in the grass alongside Hwy. 3.

The blaze was a popular stop for motorists on the east-west connector. Vehicles were parked on the roadside along with emergency vehicles, with many of the passengers standing with cellphones and cameras in use.

They mostly encountered smoke, but the occasional hot spot — and some flame — was visible.

Ground crews are being assisted by two helicopters. The choppers were making use of water sources southeast of the highway to quickly drop bucket after bucket on the blaze.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation alert for one property.

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