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BCWS thanks the over 35 fire departments that came to help protect structures from the Keremeos Creek Wildfire – Penticton News

Written by Javed Iqbal

35 fire departments are fighting

There are 166 structural protection personnel from fire departments across BC responding to Keremeos Creek Wildfire on Friday as over 540 properties in rural Keremeos, the Apex area and Olalla remain on evacuation orders.

A further 1,050 properties in the area are under alert.

An update Friday afternoon listed the fire at nearly 6,000 acres and had closed Highway 3A.

BC Wildfire Service sent out a post Friday night specifically to thank the Structural Protection Department, which has “played an integral role in the defense of property in the immediate vicinity of the wildfire.”

To help the fire brigade in their work are 21 fire engines, 15 water tenders and a mechanic.

These teams are a composite of over 35 fire departments, according to BCWS, as well as many individual resources that have provided assistance in responding to this wildfire.

“The BC Wildfire Service recognizes and appreciates the longstanding partnership with the structural firefighting community,” they wrote.

The wildfire broke out on Friday, July 29 and has so far resulted in the loss of one home.

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