Three major fires burning in Regional District Okanagan Similkameen

Emergency Services Manager updated regional district board on wildfire status in the RDOS

Emergency Services manager Dale Kronebusch briefed regional district board members  on the status of three major wildfires now burning in the regional district.

Kronebusch told the board the Jura, Nickel Plate (Boot Hill) and Apex fires continued to burn, with some progress being made towards containment.

The Apex fire sat at 186 hectares on the morning of July 17, and was 50 per cent contained. The fire was spreading towards Farleigh Lake, and spot fires were being fought along a hydro transmission right of way. Thirteen properties in the area were on evacuation alert.

The Nickel Plate (recently renamed Boot Hill) was sitting at 136 hectares with zero containment. The Boot Hill fire broke out yesterday, and so far, there are no evacuation alerts.

The Jura fire is currently sitting at 200 hectares and has been growing rapidly. Two thirds of the perimeter have been guarded , with 600 properties along the Princeton – Summerland Road under evacuation alert.

Area “D” Director Tom Siddon asked Kronebusch about fire updates, as two of the fires burning in the regional district could pose a threat to the Apex community, which is in Area “D”. Kronebusch said he was providing the public with four briefings each day.


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