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Christie Mountain wildfire: Blaze considered held, but sees small growth on east flank

BC Wildfire says the Christie Mountain wildfire moved past a retardant line along the eastern flank, moving from an inaccessible area into a ravine. BC Wildfire Service

The Christie Mountain wildfire near Penticton is still proving to be a challenging blaze, even though it’s considered as being held.

On Saturday, BC Wildfire said the fire moved past a retardant line along the east flank, moving from an inaccessible area and into a ravine.

It said crews are actively working the area, along with air support. The fire’s growth was estimated at one to two hectares.

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The fire was listed at 2,122.5 hectares as of Saturday morning.

BC Wildfire says 203 firefighters are on scene, along with eight helicopters.

It also said that crews are using hand ignitions to burn out small pockets of fuel along the east flank.

“This is done to reduce fire behaviour and to bring the fire to more accessible ground for crews to solidify control of the fire,” said BC Wildfire.

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“Residents will continue to see smoke in the vicinity of the fire as a result of this activity.”

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BC Wildfire said the new growth was not related to hand ignitions.

Along the north flank, BC Wildfire said crews are mopping up, and that specialized crews have been building access to inaccessible areas and are actioning them.

Along the south, crews are continuing to patrol the Christie Mountain Lane, Apple Court to Matheson Drive areas.

They are also seeking hotspots south of this area and are building hand guards and control lines.

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