A fire that temporarily closed Hwy. 97 south of Peachland earlier this week is still burning out of control but remains within containment lines, according to the latest information from the BC Wildfire Service.

The Mount Eneas fire is now estimated at almost 1,375 hectares in size.

“Today crews are strengthening containment lines with heavy equipment, hose lay and air support,” a bulletin from the service reads. “Fire fighting efforts have been supported with the hard work of the fire fighters, local fire departments, hydro crews and other partners.”

Evacuation orders and alerts for 43 properties located within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen remain in effect north of the District of Summerland.

“As the Mount Eneas wildfire is assessed today, the Regional District will be working with BC Wildfire and the Summerland Fire Department to determine the risk to these properties.,” the Regional District said.

“In the Meadow Valley area, northwest of Summerland, an additional 49 properties were placed on advisory Evacuation Alert last night.”

Meanwhile, an additional 32 properties have been placed on evacuation order and 105 properties placed on evacuation alert within the District of Summerland and homes in the Penticton Indian Band remain on an evacuation alert due to the Mount Conkle wildfire.

South of Princeton, the Placer Mountain fire is estimated at 320 hectares and remains out of control.

“The BC Wildfire Service is responding today with 18 firefighters, three helicopters, eight pieces of heavy equipment and industry personnel,” the Wildfire Service said. “An Incident Management Team has been assigned to this fire as well as other smaller lightning caused fires.”

The cause of all three fires is believed to be lightning strike.

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