Winery gives a huge thanks

Owners of Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland are offering up a big thank you to those who helped save the property from the advancing Mount Eneas Wildfire.

The fire, sparked by a lightning strike Tuesday evening, reached Crown land adjacent to the ranch late Thursday night.

It became a threat to both the eastern and northern perimeters of their 312-acre Garnet Valley ranch, as well as to nearby properties and neighbours.

A co-ordinated effort kept the fire at bay.

"They (BC Wildfire Service) worked all night to create a two-mile long fire guard, and then did a controlled back burn," said owner Steve Lornie.

"We all owe so much thanks to how hard they all worked to protect our properties."

Lornie says the fire guard and back burn, along with helicopter water drops from water drawn from the ranch's pond, helped keep the fire at bay.

Residents along Garnet Valley Road have been evacuated and the road is partially closed.

Lornie thanked the Summerland Fire Department and volunteer team, BC Wildfire Service, vineyard and hospitality teams along with friends and family.

He says a fire suppression plan, created due to the growing number of wildfires in the Okanagan, helped in efforts to fight back the fires.

A pond was enlarged to make more water available, additional fire hydrants were placed on the property, while members of the local fire department were invited to get familiar with the property in case of a fire.

The Mount Eneas fire has now grown to more than 1,300 hectares in size.

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