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No growth to the Finlay Creek fire; flames still not contained

Last Updated Sep 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm PDT

The Finlay Creek fire near Peachland, September 3, 2017. (Photo courtesy Denise, via @SUPokanagan on Twitter)

More than 55 homes evacuated due to wildfire near Peachland

PEACHLAND (NEWS 1130) – More than 150 homes are still evacuated southwest of Peachland in the Okanagan because of a wildfire burning near Finlay Creek.

The fire was reported Saturday before it exploded to 1,000 hectares, but it didn’t grow last night.

“Overnight, we did have night crews working on the fire. And while doing so, we had large equipment preparing six kilometres of guard,” explains Fire Information Officer Heather Rice.

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“We had relatively calm winds yesterday and overnight. So, that helped the crews maintain the current size.”

She notes the weather won’t offer crews any breaks. “Unfortunately, the forecast continues to be pretty much the status quo, which is hot and dry with a few gusty winds during the day. So, that will continue to challenge our firefighting efforts.”

They’re asking everyone to avoid the area.

“There is a high risk of fire hazard throughout the Okanagan. People should maintain due diligence and we prefer they do not go into the backcountry at all.”