Just one property remained under an evacuation order as of Monday evening due to the Mount Eneas wildfire burning between Summerland and Peachland.

But fires in the Similkameen continue to raise a threat.

The Snowy Mountain fire about 14 km south of Keremeos was pegged at 1,360 hectares, unchanged since Sunday, with no efforts being made to contain it due to its remote location and rugged terrain.

And the Placer Mountain fire 37 km south of Princeton remained steady at 320 hectares with 22 personnel, four helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment at the scene.

North of Summerland, meanwhile, improving conditions saw the District of Summerland rescind its evacuation order for 42 of 43 properties on Garnet Valley Road, while the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen dropped its evacuation order for all five properties ordered empty on Hwy. 97.

“Evacuation Alerts may need to be reissued if conditions change. However, if that is deemed necessary, the process will re-commence,” the District of Summerland said in a statement.

BC Wildfire Service spokeswoman Noelle Kekula said the Mount Eneas fire was estimated at 1,700 hectares as of Monday afternoon, with the approximately 150 hectares of growth since Sunday due to a controlled burn that merged it with the nearby Munro FSR fire.

“We’re seeing a lot of success, so right now we’re just extinguishing the hot spots and still trying to get containment around the fire,” said Kekula.

“Now that we’ve brought it up onto some workable terrain, we’re making some good progress.”

The service had 112 personnel, along with heavy equipment and air support, at the scene.

The only other fire of note remaining in the South Okanagan is at Mount Conkle about eight kilometres southwest of Summerland.

It was listed at 118 hectares as of Monday with 90 per cent containment – good enough for the Penticton Indian Band to rescind its evacuation alerts for the area.

— Penticton Herald

2 COMMENTS

  1. Just a note that the snowy mountain fire is at high elevation and the Similkameen Valley is not smokey. Please visit wineries and businesses who are open and ready for you!

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