Forestry crews are currently working on containing a small wildfire burning in the area of White Lake and Twin Lake roads southwest of Penticton.
According to information officer Melissa Klassen of the Kamloops Fire Centre, initial attack members arrived at the scene just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.
“It’s estimated to be around four hectares and primarily showing rank one, two behaviour,” said Klassen. “Right now they’re trying to quiet down any rank two behaviour which is a little bit of flame popping up.”
The four personnel on scene were able to establish a hand guard around the perimeter. There is currently a water tender and a bulldozer on site as well.
A helicopter was expected to be used to bucket any hot spots later in the morning.
The cause is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, firefighters are continuing to make progress at the Apex Mountain, Jura, and Boot Hill fires due in part to the work of those on the ground and in the air as well as the changing weather pattern.
At last resort the Apex fire was 60 per cent contained and was burning 344 hectares with evacuation alerts still in place for 13 properties, Jura was measured at 460 hectares, 70 per cent contained and evacuation alerts active for 606 properties and Boot Hill (Nickleplate) has 50 per cent containment and was down to 100 hectares from 138. No alerts are associated with that fire.