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Five 'fires of note' remain

UPDATED: 1:35 p.m.

The five Okanagan-Similkameen "fires of note" listed below, are considered a threat to public safety, or are visible to the public. A sixth, the Upper Brookside Creek fire burning near Vernon, is no longer identified as a fire of note as of early Saturday.

MOUNT ENEAS: The fire burning between Peachland and Summerland is estimated to be 1,374 hectares in size. The fire has forced dozens of evacuation orders and hundreds of alerts in the Peachland and Garnet Valley areas. The BCWS says the fire was threatening structures Friday, and structural protection units were deployed to the area, but it's unclear if an buildings have been impacted. Forty-nine provincial firefighters are on the fire Saturday morning. At least four municipal fire departments have also responded, and crews are continuing to work on increasing containment guards.

GOODE'S CREEK: Previously named the "Good Creek" wildfire by the BCWS, this fire is located on the east side of Okanagan Lake in Okanagan Mountain Park. The fire hasn't grown at all recently, and it's still estimated to be at 400 hectares. Evacuation alerts put into place at the south end of Kelowna's Lakeshore Road were lifted Friday afternoon, as wind blew the fire south, away from homes. Today, 21 firefighters are working to establish control lines on the fire. 

LAW CREEK: This lightning-caused fire is an estimated 10 hectares in size, and put 198 homes on evacuation alert Friday, but only 69 remain under alert. It's burning about six kilometres southwest of West Kelowna. The BC Wildfire Service says the fire has been challenging as it's burning in difficult-to-access terrain, but crews are working today to contain the fire's flanks and construct control lines. 

MOUNT CONKLE: This lightning-cause fire is an estimated 118 hectares in size, but crews have hand-guarded 90 per cent of the blaze and put hose around 60 per cent. The BCWS says the fire has "responded well to suppression efforts," and 40 firefighters are working the fire today.

PLACER MOUNTAIN: This fire is burning 37 kilometres south of Princeton, and is putting up a large plume of smoke visible from across the Similkameen. The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is 255 hectares in size. Eighteen firefighters are working on the blaze, along with three helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment.

Updates on these fires will be provided multiple times throughout the day on Castanet.



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