Finlay Creek fire 1,000 hectares in size

Strong winds last night pushed the flames and the Finlay Creek Wildfire, south of Peachland, has grown to an estimated 1,000 hectares in size.

Fire Information Officer Jody Lucius at the Kamloops Fire Centre says the wind shifted to the west overnight with gusts of up to 40-kilometres-an-hour - and that combined with the steep terrain and tinder, dry conditions - and fighting the blaze was extremely challenging for fire crews.

Lucius tells AM 1150 News, that there are 23 firefighters, three helicopters and 4 pieces of heavy machinery fighting the fire today (Sunday) with additional air tanker support.

She says some structures have been impacted by the fire, but at this time there's no indication of how many, or what type of buildings. 

Lucius says an BC Wildfire incident managment team has been sent to the area and will determine the next steps in containg the fire - there are still no details to the exact cause which is still under investigation.

Evacuation Alerts are in place for 306 properties and residents can find more information at cordemergency.ca

Meanwhile, the Philpott Road wildfire in Joe Rich, east of Kelowna, remains at 465 hectares in size and 30% contained.

Witt says there are 81 firefighters on site, along with 6 pieces of heavy equipment and helicopters – support staff are also in the fire zone and structures are currently being evaluated.

She says crews will work today to strengthen control lines in preparation of possible windy conditions.