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Fire near Penticton landfill contained, three others nearby still active

An air tanker drops fire retardant on a two-hectare fire in Penticton Thursday afternoon. Two air tankers and two helicopters fought the fire along with members of the BC Wildfire Management branch and Penticton Fire Rescue. - Mark Brett/Western News
An air tanker drops fire retardant on a two-hectare fire in Penticton Thursday afternoon. Two air tankers and two helicopters fought the fire along with members of the BC Wildfire Management branch and Penticton Fire Rescue.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton firefighters spent last night monitoring a two-hectare fire that flared up Thursday afternoon on Campbell Mountain.

A statement from the City of Penticton said local firefighters remained at the site off Spiller Road overnight to deal with hotspots after crews from the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch pulled back around 1 a.m.

Those provincial crews are expected back on the job at 10 a.m. to relieve the city  firefighters.

While the Penticton Fire Department was first on the scene soon after the blaze was reported, the Wildfire Management Branch soon after sent in its ground crews, plus helicopters and air tankers to assist from the sky.

Officials from the Penticton Fire Department could be immediately reached for comment Friday.

Updates on other active local fires of note:

Apex Mountain

Estimated at 313 hectares and 50 per cent contained as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The cause is under evacuation. Evacuation alert remains in place for 13 properties at the base of Apex Mountain.

Jura

The fire five kilometres southeast of Missezula Lake was estimated at 300 hectares as of 8 a.m. Friday. The cause is under investigation. Evacuation alert remains in place for 606 properties in the Princeton-Summerland Road area.

Boot Hill (Nickelplate)

As of Thursday at 9:30 p.m., the fire about 30 kilometres southwest of Penticton was estimated at 138 hectares and 30 per cent contained and is believed to have been lighting caused. No homes in the area and no evacuation alert.

Information from www.bcwildfire.ca

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