Drones tackle Penticton fire as cool weather helps bring BC fires under control

PENTICTON — Drones are helping map hotspots of a blazing wildfire on the edge of British Columbia’s Okanagan region, as cooler, calmer conditions help firefighters get fires under control elsewhere.

Crews are making progress on several wildfires, including a fire near Lytton that started nearly a month ago and destroyed several properties, and is no longer designated as a notable wildfire.

But BC Wildfire Service information officer Mikhail Elsay told a news conference that the large blaze about 21 kilometers southwest of Penticton in the Okanagan is still out of control, having burned more than 68 square kilometers.

Elsay says new drone technology is being used to scan the edges of the fire to ensure the flames are extinguished.

He says crews are making progress and some people in the area can go home.

Evacuation orders have been rescinded for properties from Twin Lakes to north of Olalla, including some homes along Sheep Creek Road, although Highway 3A will remain closed.

Nearly 500 properties in the area are on evacuation alert, meaning residents should be ready to leave on short notice.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 10, 2022.

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