Witnesses began reporting a new wildfire in Penticton Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2020 between Sendero Canyon and Campbell Mountain. (Stefan Rzad / Facebook)

UPDATE: Penticton Fire Department extinguishes grass fire near Sendero Canyon

The blaze was unrelated to the Christie Mountain wildfire

Update: 5:06 p.m.

A grass fire which broke out late Wednesday (Aug. 18) afternoon below Sendero Canyon has been extinguished by the Penticton Fire Department and does not present a risk to the community, stated a news release from the City of Penticton.

The event is unrelated to the Christie Mountain wildfire which is now listed as 1,400 hectares in size.

“I would like to thank our city firefighters and BC Wildfire crews for their quick response. This event is unrelated to the current fire event at Christie Mountain,” said the City of Penticton’s chief administrative officer, Donny van Dyk.

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Original

Reports of a new wildfire near Penticton have surfaced on social media.

The fire appears to be in the Sendero Canyon area, according to multiple witnesses.

Witnesses have reported smoke and air drops being preformed in the area.

According to BC Wildfire Services, the blaze is mainly being handled by the Penticton Fire Department who appear to have the fire under control.

READ MORE: One home destroyed as Mount Christie wildfire grows to 1,400 hectares



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