Multiple homes evacuated in Okanagan Falls due to wildfire

Two dozen firefighters are battling a blaze in Okanagan Falls near Penticton.

The three-hectare fire is currently zero per cent contained and windy conditions are only fueling the flames.

There is no official word yet on how many homes have been evacuated but campers and residents in the region tell Global News they have been asked to leave the area.

Residents in the small community of about 2,500 people started noticing flames spring up along the side of the mountain around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The fire grew rapidly, quickly covering the mountainside.

The wind did die down overnight but fire officials say there is still a lot of work to be done to contain the flames.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

John Psiurski, who was one of those residents asked to leave his home, says he does not know how the fire started. “Fortunately the wind died down,” he said, “but if it picks up again that whole mountainside, it’s gonna go, because there’s nowhere really to stop it.”

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