Wildfire, evac alerts grow

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has expanded evacuation alerts to 13 more properties in the area of the Richter Creek wildfire, which has grown to 400 hectares.

The Cawston-area properties include:

154 Sumac Rd., 156 Sumac Rd., 164 Sumac Rd., 172 Sumac Rd., 190 Sumac Rd., 199 Highway 3, 264 Sumac Rd., 296 Sumac Rd., 306 Sumac Rd., 611 Sumac Rd., 620 Sumac Rd., 199 Highway 3, 330 Highway 3.

The evacuation alert has been issued to give property owners notice to prepare for a possible evacuation order. The previous announced property at 25451 Highway 3 remains on evacuation alert.

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says they are calling in reinforcements at the Richter Creek wildfire 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, now estimated at 400 hectares.

Forty firefighters were on site throughout Tuesday, but fire information officer Hannah Swift says they expect another 40 crew members will arrive Wednesday.

“The number of personnel will continue to increase throughout the week unless there are significant changes,” she said.

Firefighters will be staying on site overnight, she added.

Winds Tuesday moved the fire west. One property at 25451 Highway 3 remains on evacuation alert.

UPDATE 4 p.m.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Richter Creek wildfire west of Osoyoos is still estimated at 250 hectares.

Communications officers are awaiting an update from the field on the progress of the fire since this morning. Winds have been gusting in the South Okanagan today, which the BCWS says are pushing the fire west.

The fire is still classified as out-of-control and has 40 firefighters and two helicopters on site.

ORIGINAL 10 a.m.

The Richter Creek wildfire continues to burn out of control in a rocky, forested area near Highway 3 west of Osoyoos.

Fire information officer Hannah Swift says the blaze, which sparked mid-afternoon Monday, has grown to approximately 250 hectares in size.

"We do have 40 personnel on site today, and we have additional resources requested," said Swift.

Those resources are expected to arrive later today.

Two helicopters are also working the fire.

While the fire has more than tripled in size since Monday evening, Swift says the fire is not as aggressive, thanks to cooler overnight temperatures.

The forecast Tuesday calls for cooler temperatures and showers later in the day and into the evening, with the risk of thunderstorms. Winds in the area could reach 30 kilometres an hour.

Swift says the fire was sparked by a vehicle fire.

One property at 25451 Highway 3 remains on evacuation alert.

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