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(UPDATE: 12:55 PM): The wildfire that sparked this morning along Highway 97 is now listed as under control.
The tactical evacuation order has been lifted in the Sage Mesa area north west of Penticton, however road restrictions remain in effect for properties on Sage Mesa Dr that are north of Ladera Pl.
Residents in these effected properties on Sage Mesa Dr can return to their homes but must walk in at this time. Vehicles will temporarily not be allowed to access these properties.
Home owners in the affected properties on Sage Mesa Dr will be allowed vehicle access once the City of Penticton Fire Department has left the area later today.
List of properties affected by temporary road restrictions:
The Emergency Support Service Reception Centre at 199 Ellis St in Penticton will remain open until 2 pm today.
(UPDATE: 10:50 AM): RCMP is warning boaters on Okanagan Lake to stay clear of BC Wildfire Services air craft, that require access to the lake to carry out fire suppression efforts.
"Interfering with fire crews can have an impact on everyone's safety and could impede their efforts," said police. "Penticton RCMP is deploying a police vessel onto the lake to assist."
The department added that all their available officers are currently assisting with evacuations due to the Sage Messa wildfire.
Police say a strategic tactical evacuation of upwards of 80 homes and a golf course that were at risk due to the spreading flames is underway.
Officers are also conducting traffic control and have now secured the area to allow fire crews with both the Penticton Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service to battle the blaze.
(UPDATE: 9:50 AM): A tactical evacuation has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to a fire in the Sage Mesa area north west of Penticton.
Additionally, the highway has opened to single lane alternating traffic.
Tactical evacuation of homes in the Sage Mesa area north of Penticton. Reception Centre set up at 199 Ellis St (across from Cannery Brewing) in Penticton. https://t.co/kFDZzHPoea pic.twitter.com/ikYbfGrbdk— RDOS EOC (@EmergMgtRDOS) August 6, 2020
The tactical evacuation is in effect for the addresses below. As this is an evolving situation residents should follow the directions of first responders and this list may be updated:
All evacuees are asked to register at the Emergency Support Services (ESS) even if you do not intend to access housing or other services.
An ESS Reception Centre has been set up at 199 Ellis St in Penticton. This is a large blue building across from Cannery Brewing.
If you have pets or livestock that need to be cared for and billeted, please contact Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) for support: 250-809-7152
(UPDATE: @ 9:25 AM): DriveBC is reporting that Highway 97 is closed this morning while crews respond to a forest fire outside of Penticton.
Emergency vehicles are on scene, and no detour is currently available.
A NowMedia reporter at the scene is reporting that traffic has been stopped in both directions, and a helicopter is dropping water on the fire.
Residents in Penticton are reporting seeing a wildfire spark along Highway 97 at the Sage Messa turn off.
Firefighters are reportedly on scene and responding.
NowMedia is reaching out for more details.
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