Eagle Bluff Fire now 225 hectares in size

BC Wildfire Service

The BC Wildfire Service now says the Eagle Bluff Wildfire, burning out of control near Oliver, has been mapped at 225 hectares in size.

The fire, which broke out late Sunday night is initially being considered human-caused until fire investigators are able to definitively rule out lightning as a possible cause.

Aircraft were sent from Penticton and Kamloops last night for one final pass of the fire before darkness set in.

About 100 firefighters worked on the fire throughout the day Monday, with about 20 expected to remain on site overnight.

An evacuation alert, issued early Monday morning by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen remains in effect.

The RDOS says the alert includes 206 residential homes, RV parks, mobile home parks and recreational campsites.

Fire crews are being hampered by steep and rocky terrain, gusty winds and high temperatures.

And, there's not much relief in the forecast, with temperatures in the mid 30s expected through the week with gusty afternoon winds.

A special air quality statement has also been issued by Environment Canada for the entire South Okanagan.

People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure...