Evacuation order issued for wildfire southwest of Penticton, BC | TBEN News

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Residents of 21 homes near a bushfire southwest of Penticton, BC have been ordered to evacuate.

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District issued the order around 9:30 p.m. Friday night

It is in effect for residents on Green Mountain Road, near Ford Lake.

The district says 21 properties are under the evacuation order, which is overseen by the RCMP.

“An evacuation order has been issued … to protect the health, safety or well-being of any person or to limit damage to property,” the district said in its order.

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The Keremeos Creek fire, which started earlier Friday, is now one square kilometer in size as of 10 p.m

The cause of this wildfire is currently under investigation, according to BC’s Wildfire Service.

The fire is being fought by 10 employees of the provincial service, including two helicopters. More firefighters are on the way, the county said Friday night.

“This wildfire is on a site that is currently unusable to support air tankers and heavy machinery,” the agency added.