Canadian Ski Resort Threatened by Wildfire

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Apex Mountain Resort is evacuated and its snow guns are being prepared as the Keremeos Creek Fire spreads. Other ski areas nearby are watching the situation closely. NEW

The ski resort is south of Kelowna in British Columbia.

The fire has been burning since July 29th and is the largest active wildfire in British Columbia.

An evacuation order has been issued for the resort.

There are around 200 homes in the area and 400 people are reported to be affected.

EVACUATION ORDER FOR ELECTORAL AREA “I”: KEREMEOS CREEK FIRE ATTENTION: APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT AREA

An evacuation order has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to protect the health, safety or welfare of a person or to limit damage to property due to wildfire.

Members of the RCMP and SAR will be expediting this action.

**Evacuation order means you must leave the area immediately** Register as an evacuee at the designated reception centre (Princess Margaret Secondary, 120 Green Ave in PENTICTON) or online at ess.gov.bc.ca

If you need transportation assistance from the evacuation area or identify as having extraordinary needs, please call the RDOS EOC at 250-490-4225

Pet owners with concerns for their animals can make arrangements with ALERT by calling 250-809-7152

The snow guns have been primed and are being used to dampen the area and keep the fire at bay.

On Monday night the BC Wildfire Service estimated the fire at 2,790 hectares in size.

On Sunday it was 437 hectares.

Last summer Heavenly, Kirkwood and other resorts in the Lake Tahoe area of California were threatened by wildfires, but they escaped unscathed.

Here at PlanetSKI we will be updating this article as we received more news.

Forest fire. Image © PlanetSKI

Forest fire. Image © PlanetSKI

This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.

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