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A fire has sparked in Oliver in the area of Tucelnuit Drive

Guard set up around fire

UPDATE 7:50 p.m.

The Oliver Fire Department, BC Wildfire ground crews, helicopters and air-tankers have worked together to set up a perimeter guard around the Wolfcreek fire.

"Fire activity may be active through the night and smoke may be seen for the remainder of the evening and into the morning," The Oliver Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

The public is reminded to avoid the area as fire and emergency crews will be frequent in the area.

Castanet has reached out to BC Wildfire for an update on the size of the fire and is awaiting a response.

Drive BC reports that a wildfire advisory is in effect between Black Sage Road and Old Camp McKinney Road. The road is closed.

Evacuees are permitted to travel through to Oliver.


UPDATE 6:45 p.m.

Fire activity appears to have subsided significantly after the blaze was hit hard from the sky.

BC Wildfire Service aircraft are continuing to attack the fire, but the large plume of smoke that previously filled the sky has dissipated.

Crews are, however, still fighting the fire and people are reminded to avoid the area.


UPDATE 6:05 p.m.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Wolfcub Creek wildfire is burning about five kilometres northeast of the Town of Oliver.

It is estimated at eight hectares in size and is out of control.

“Ground crews are working alongside the Oliver Fire Department and are being assisted with aerial resources,” BCWS said on social media.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

“Structures are in the area but not immediately threatened,” BCWS continued, a statement conflicting with social media posts from area residents that showed at least one structure burning in a cloud of black smoke.


UPDATE: 5:50 p.m.

As crews try to get a handle on the blaze the Oliver Fire Department is reminding the public to avoid any areas around the fire off McKinney Road.

"Emergency vehicles will be moving in and out of those area," a Facebook post said.

"Also be on the lookout for aircraft flying or retrieving water from lakes. If you are in the way they can't help," the post added.

Images shared on social media show at least one structure in flames.

"It stared just up McKinney Road. Then it crossed over and hit one house. Then it was travelling up near Sage Road and then it kept rolling up on the one hill," said Oliver resident Glen Huffman.


ORIGINAL: 5:15 p.m.

A fire has sparked in Oliver on the east side of Tucelnuit Drive, close to town.

The fire reportedly started just before 4:30 p.m. and is believed to be on Osoyoos Indian Band reserve land.

BC Wildfire is on scene and multiple helicopters and air tankers have been spotted bucketing the blaze.

"There are a couple of bombers on it. Fire is moving fast and it looks like it's up on the flats now," said resident Tegan Heard.

Castanet has reached out to the Oliver Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service for more details.



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