The fire near Predator Ridge is approximately 7-9 hectares and is relatively contained at its perimeter, although there are flames in the middle as well as hot spots.
Air support has ceased for this evening and will resume as required in the morning. Firefighters (ground crew) will be fighting the fire through the night and provincial wildfire crews will have more ground crew arriving in the morning.
The evacuation alert for nearby residents will remain in place until further notice.More Details
At this time, there is no evacuation order for Predator Ridge. Residents are on ALERT ONLY.
The size of the fire is estimated at 4.5 hectares.
The fire is currently reported 95% contained by retardant and is displaying Rank 1-2 fire behaviour.
Eleven tankers and approximately six helicopters will continue to fight the wildfire near Predator Ridge until 7:30 (dusk). The strategy is to contain the fire by creating a perimeter. Currently, 50 firefighters are on the ground and will monitor the fire overnight.
As at 6pm the fire is approximately 10 hectares and is being driven by the high winds. The wind is currently dying down, so crews are optimistic.
There are 11 aircraft involved. Air tankers are flying out of Penticton and laying a perimeter. Approximately choppers are dropping water.
Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) and Ministry of Forests are onsite.
FIRE ALERT AT PREDATOR RIDGE
A fire north of Predator Ridge has been reported and the Sunset properties in that area are on evacuation alert—approximately 45 residences. Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) are onsite to battle the wildfire, and air support is in progress. Updates will continue.