The Eagle Bluff Wildfire has continued to grow as it threatens homes and properties in Osoyoos and the Similkameen.
BC Wildfire Service puts the blaze at over 1,480 hectares as of the morning of July 31. The previous size estimate had it at 855 hectares.
The fire started south of the border near Oroville on July 29, before it quickly spread north to threaten Canada.
As of Monday morning, 732 properties remained on evacuation order in the Town of Osoyoos and in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen’s Cawston, Rural Osoyoos and Rural Oliver areas. An additional 2,000 properties are under evacuation alert as residents are asked to prepare in case the fire advances further.
BC Wildfire Service had 61 firefighters, five helicopters, 11 pieces of heavy equipment and structural protection crews working on the fire.
South across the border the fire has grown to over 4,100 hectares burned, with four structures lost and 250 personnel on scene.
DriveBC also issued a warning that travel is not advised for Highway 3 between Keremeos and Osoyoos due to the wildfire. A detour is available from Highway 3A to Highway 97.
⚠️ TRAVEL ADVISORY REMINDER ⚠️#BCHwy3 - Travel is not recommended due to a wildfire [Eagle Bluff Wildfire K52318] between #Keremeos and #Osoyoos.— DriveBC (@DriveBC) July 31, 2023
Detour/alternate route in effect via #BCHwy3A to #BCHwy97.
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