Octopus Creek wildfire south of Fauquier grows to 2,940 hectares

Octopus blaze 2,940 ha

As of Monday night, the Octopus Creek wildfire burning south of Fauquier has grown to an estimated 2,940 hectares.

Aggressive fire behaviour was observed on Monday evening, the BC Wildfire Service says.

The fire expanded on the east and west flanks, with the majority of the growth happening towards Koch Creek to the east and the Octopus drainage to the west.

An evacuation order remains in place for five properties on the south side of Taite Creek, including the Taite Creek recreation site.

An evacuation alert is also in place for 162 properties in Applegrove and Fauquier on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake.

The fire was lightning caused.

The wildfire service says contingency line areas are being identified and flagged. A machine guard will continue to be established near the north end of the fire by industry contractors.

Structure protection is active on all of the homes in the evacuation order area.

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