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Evacuation alert issued for 50-hectare Hedges Butte wildfire in South Okanagan

Smoke rises from the Hedges Butte wildfire located between Penticton and Apex Mountain, on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Global News

BC Wildfire crews are battling a new fire in the South Okanagan.

Called the Hedges Butte blaze, the wildfire is located approximately halfway between Penticton and Apex Mountain, around 15 km from the city along Green Mountain Road.

According to a resident that Global News spoke to, the fire started beside the road.

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It was first reported around 10:30 a.m., with initial reports listing the fire at 0.3 of a hectare. As of 4 p.m., it was estimated at 50 hectares.

BC Wildfire says seven personnel are on scene battling the fire, along with support from five helicopters and the local fire department.

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On Friday afternoon, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) issued an evacuation alert for 47 properties in Electoral Area I.

The properties are located southwest of the community of Farleigh Lake.

Below is a list of the affected properties, according to the RDOS.

  • 1503 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1551 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1581 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1603 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1625 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1647 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1705 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1825 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1907 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1918 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1925 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 1940 Green Mountain Rd.
  • 950 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 959 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 971 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 973 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 975 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 1021 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 1021 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 1130 Shingle Creek Rd.
  • 78 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 79 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 91 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 103 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 108 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 115 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 116 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 117 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 127 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 128 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 136 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 162 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 163 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 198 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 199 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 215 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 216 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 216 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 231 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 232 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 246 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 248 Farleigh Lake Rd.
  • 249 Farleigh Lake Rd.

A map showing the area now under evacuation alert can be found on the RDOS website.

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