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Officials say the Terrace Mountain fire grew by 2,500 hectares Saturday night. (Photo: Contributed - Alison Beaumont)
Officials say the Terrace Mountain fire grew by 2,500 hectares Saturday night. (Photo: Contributed - Alison Beaumont)

Terrace fire grows to 7,000 hectares

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The Terrace Mountain fire grew considerably overnight.

The forest fire, which has forced the evacuation of more than 2,700 residents of West Kelowna, grew by 2,500 hectares overnight Saturday.

Fire information officer, Suzanne Von Der Porten, says the total size of the blaze is more than 7,000 hectares.

“It grew towards the south. We currently have 237 firefighters working on this fire and more will be added Sunday at 2 p.m. We have 16 helicopters and 83 pieces of heavy equipment working on it, plus eight structural protection units. Containment is estimated at 30%,” says Von Der Porten.

She says they are assessing the fire aerially to determine the best way to get crews closer to the fire.

“Fire fighters are working with fire departments from the Central Okanagan Regional District. It's sort of a team effort with a coordinated response going on right now.”

Von Der Porten says the flare up on Saturday afternoon was the result of a number of factors.

“It was burning really dry fuel in the forest and the wind speed really picked up. Also, it was burning on slopes, which worked against us because fire grows fast on slopes. It was burning at a Rank 5 Saturday night and it may do so again sometime Sunday.”

Kelowna's long term forecast is that Sunday will see high temperatures of 38 degrees, with no rain predicted until Wednesday.


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