Christie Mountain fire in B.C. keeps growing and the photos will take your breath away
The Christie Mountain wildfire continues to rage on this Wednesday, with hot flames consuming 1,400 hectares of land — an area about seven times the size of Monaco.
Roughly 3,700 South Okanagan residents are currently under evacuation alert as dozens of firefighters scramble to get the fiery blaze under control.
"The fire is burning in difficult rocky sloped terrain with limited access points for ground crews and heavy equipment," the BC Wildfire Service website said on Wednesday.
"Most of the growth is attributed to overnight winds."
We’re signing off for the evening with an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire (K51287) burning N of Okanagan Falls on the East side of Skaha Lake. The fire perimeter was tracked this evening and the size is now estimated to be 1000 hectares (1/3). pic.twitter.com/ORaue0R3VH— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 19, 2020
BC Wildfire noted that 66 firefighters are currently battling the wildfire alongside seven helicopters, with two more helicopters en route.
The service also noted that the fire is primarily Rank 2, although pockets of it exhibit Rank 3 behaviour, which sees a moderate rate of spread and vigorous surface fire.
Multiple people in the South Okanagan area have posted harrowing photos of plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
Meanwhile to the west of the Okanagan, dozens of fires have recently broken out due to lightning strikes, including this blaze pictured near Lilloet Lake.
A sobering photo as close to 100 wildfires were ignited across the province due to lightning in just 2 days. This photo is looks out over Lillooet Lake. [📸: Gus Taylor] @GlobalBC #globalbc #ourbc #globalbcweatherwindow #bcwildfires #weatherwindow pic.twitter.com/DGL7EftHbR— Kristi Gordon (@KGordonGlobalBC) August 19, 2020
Although the Christie Mountain fire's origins are unknown, BC Wildfire says that specialists are conducting an active investigation.
The service expects fire activity to increase as the area moves into the hottest and driest part of the day, although they note that wind conditions are favourable.
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