2:30 pm August 29, 2015
The Emergency Support Service Reception Centre in Oliver has been closed after registering and assisting 44 evacuees Friday and Saturday.
. Any evacuee from the Testalinden Creek Fire can contact 250-809-8430 for immediate Emergency Support Service assistance or to register their whereabouts.
The Evacuation Order for 27 properties or homes in the upper Fairview Road area and recreation sites at Burnell (Sawmill), Ripley and Madden Lakes remains in effect. An additional 258 properties or homes in the Oliver and Osoyoos areas remain on Evacuation Alert.
The Testalinden Creek wildfire south of Oliver, is now estimated at over 4172 hectares.
Gusty winds are forecasted today which will continue to challenge firefighting efforts on the north flank of the fire. The fire has pushed north towards Reed Creek. The fire was stable overnight and did not see significant growth. A small amount of rain fell late this morning in the Oliver area. This rain will help efforts to some extent on the fire but forecasted winds will quickly dry out areas that did receive precipitation.
Winds continue to increase activity on the fire creating smoke with open flame which is visible from Oliver and along Highway 97, as combustible material burns on the slopes around Testalinden and Hester Creeks. BC Wildfire Service personnel continue their efforts around the clock using heavy equipment, air support and all available resources on this NW flank.
About Valley First Challenge Penticton
Valley First Challenge Penticton is the oldest long-distance triathlon in North America. The 2015 race will be 33rd running of the event. Tens of thousands of athletes have crossed the finish line since 1983. The week-long family festival culminates in the running of a triathlon featuring a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike and 42.2 km marathon run, and also features a Challenge Half distance triathlon, and relays over both distances. The course through the South Okanagan is challenging due to hill climbs, strong winds and high heat. The event attracts more than one thousand participants and thousands of spectators, and has a year-round effect on the local economy as athletes visit the region to train in the weeks and months leading up to the race. Valley First Challenge Penticton is part of the Challenge Family series of events, which is known for providing superior athlete experiences and memorable events.