Photo: BC Wildfire Service twitter

Photo: BC Wildfire Service twitter

UPDATE: Gottfriedsen Wildfire, north of Highway 97C, grows

New wildfire on Gottfriedsen Mountain

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service is using fire warden crews to help with the Gottfriedsen Mountain blaze.

Additional heavy equipment will be brought in on Friday.

The fire is lightning caused.

With the possibility of thunderstorms forecast for the region, the BC Wildfire Service is at high preparation level and prioritizing initial attack crews.

The fire grew Thursday night due to high winds in the area.

A blaze that started on Aug. 1 near the Pennask Summit is now considered ‘held’ and is 19 km from the Gottfriedsen Mountain fire and not a threat.

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UPDATE: 1:52 p.m.

The Gottfriedsen Mountain fire is now an estimated 550 hectares in size.

According to BC Wildfire Service the blaze is s exhibiting high and extreme fire behaviour.

Due to smoke in the region BC Wildfire is currently unable to track the perimeter of the fire.

RELATED: Wildfire smoke settling into the Southern Interior

A more accurate size estimation will be provided when visibility improves.

Currently there are seven firefighters on site with heavy equipment.

RELATED: Wildfire sparks evacuation alert north of Highway 97C

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ORIGINAL:

As of Thursday night, the wildfire burning on Gottfriedsen Mountain— 24 kilometers west of West Kelowna and eight kilometers north of Highway 97— was mapped at 400 hectares.

BC Wildfire sent in air tankers, helicopter support, ground crews and heavy equipment early on in the firefight, but the blaze was growing rapidly, prompting an evacuation alert has been issued by the Thompson Nicola Regional District for the Electoral ‘M’ area.

The evacuation alert area incorporated all properties and camping areas north of Highway 97C including the following lakes:

  • Pennask Lake (western boundary)
  • Mellin Lake (northern boundary)
  • Barton Lake (north-eastern boundary)
  • Eileen Lake (south-eastern boundary)

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