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New evacuation alerts issued as wildfire near Penticton flares up

Over 12 properties including camping areas put on alert Sunday night
The Upper Park Rill Creek fire has flared up prompting new evacuation alerts Sunday night. Jodie Conti took this picture from the observatory on Sunday night. (Jodie Conti)

The Upper Park Rill Creek fire in Twin Lakes has flared up prompting new evacuation alerts in the Willowbrook area Sunday night.

Around 12 properties were issued alerts by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on Sept. 17, at 9:30 p.m. due to the threat of wildfire from the Upper Park Rill blaze.

The alert includes the west side of Willowbrook Road from 2592 Willowbrook Road, north to the south side of Orofino Road. It will also include Lillian Road, Ripley Lake Recreation site and the Madden Lake recreation site.

Campers in those areas were made aware of the alert Sunday night.

Numerous people have been taking to social media to say that the Park Rill blaze has flared up again and flames could be seen as far as Penticton.

On Saturday, BC Wildfire Service issued a warning for the ‘Penticton Fire Zone’ that there is increased fire activity due to the humidity, heat and winds over the weekend.

The Upper Park Rill blaze that started in Twin Lakes is considered held as of Sept. 2 but still over 2,000 hectares in size and hot spots have been flaring up over the past week.

The following properties were placed on alert:

2591 Willowbrook Road

2609 Willowbrook Road

2681 Willowbrook Road

2737 Willowbrook Road

2807 Willowbrook Road

2839 Willowbrook Road

2867 Willowbrook Road

2895 Willowbrook Road

130 Lillian Road

170 Lillian Road

143 Orofino Road

455 Orofino Road


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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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