Evacuation orders for the Keremeos Creek wildfire will remain in place for Saturday.
“Structural protection equipment remains in place at Apex and residents are asked to stay out of all evacuation order areas,” the RDOS said on Saturday morning.
The regional district added that evacuation alerts remain in place for properties along Highway 3A from Twin Lakes to Olalla, Marron Valley, Farleigh Lake and portions of Green Mountain Road.
The RDOS has an interactive map showing properties on evacuation alert or order.
Meanwhile, in its Saturday morning update, the BC Wildfire Service listed the fire’s size at 6,712 hectares for a third straight day.
Further, BCWS said Friday night’s thunderstorm did not impact the blaze.
The Kamloops Fire Centre had 2,665 lightning strikes on Friday, but it appears the thunderstorm either bypassed or went around the fire area.
Timelapse of Friday night thunderstorm in Okanagan
“Winds from the thunderstorms that developed in the Kamloops Fire Centre have not impacted the Keremeos Creek wildfire,” BCWS said in its daily update, which added that Saturday’s forecast will feature temperatures in the mid-20s and slightly higher humidity.
“For the past two nights, we’ve been able to avoid those stronger, gusty winds,” said BCWS information officer Forrest Tower. “That’s really helped to keep the fire in a pretty stable pattern right now.”
The fire also received six mm of rain on Friday night. Tower said it wasn’t much, “but every little bit of rain helps, even if it’s brief.”
Viewer photos of colourful Okanagan sunset, thunderstorm
While BCWS is expecting relatively stable fire activity for Saturday, it did note that winds of 20-40 km/h are in the forecast, which could lead to an increase in fire activity, particularly in the afternoon and on south-facing slopes.
Currently, there are 309 wildland firefighters battling the blaze plus 49 structure protection personnel, along with 16 helicopters and 45 pieces of heavy equipment.
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