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Some homes lost in Peachland fire

Peachland Mayor, Keith Fielding has confirmed some homes were lost as a result of the Trepanier Creek Wildfire.

The fire started mid afternoon Sunday.

"I haven't had a full report on that but I understand there may have been three or four (homes lost). I don't know where they are, I think they are in the Upper Trepanier area," says Fielding.

"I'll be getting a full report on that later this morning.

The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people while residents in the downtown and waterfront areas of the community remain on Evacuation Alert.

Fielding says things could have been much worse.

"Probably thanks to the firefighters who have been involved in this, I think we are very fortunate. It's been a great collaborative effort between the firefighters from Peachland, Kelowna, West Kelowna and also the Provincial Ministry of Forests," says Fielding.

In fact, firefighters from most every community up and down the valley are assisting with the fire fighting effort.

Meantime, Fire Information officer, Kevin Skrepnek says there was a bit of rain overnight and winds have remained steady, but nothing like they experienced Sunday.

"It sounds like some good progress was made overnight. The fire activity at this point has certainly lessened," says Skrepnek.

"There's not a lot of active fighting right now, it's mainly kind of smoldering on the ground. Obviously that is not unexpected because it was overnight."

Skrepnek says that could change as the daytime temperatures begin to rise.

"All told there are about 150 people out there. It is everyone and the kitchen sink right now."

Forestry crews from the Southeast and Cariboo fire centres are also being brought in to relieve the personnel who were on the lines overnight.

More information will be made available at an 11 a.m. media briefing.



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