Richter Creek fire west of Osoyoos still out of control

Fire continues to rage in the Richter Creek area of the South Okanagan.

Thick black smoke could be seen over the mountains west of Oliver and Osoyoos Monday. It's a grass fire burning south of Cawston, about 12 kilometers west of Osoyoos.

The fire 80 hectares in size as of Monday night.

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre for one property.

The RDOS advises the alert has been issued to prepare should an evacuation order be issued, which could come with limited notice.

Twenty-eight firefighters are being supported by a pair of helicopters.

That fire...considering it began along the highway...believed to be human caused.


Update from BC Wildfire Services as of Tuesday 11 am:

Richter Creek (K50271)

Last updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 9:35 AM

Location: 12 km west of Osoyoos off HWY 3 
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Discovered: Monday, May 13, 2019

Size: 250.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active 
This fire is considered out of control at this time. Crews are on site and being assisted by two helicopters. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has put an evacuation alert in place. For additional details please visit their website:

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More information 
For more information contact a Kamloops Fire Centre Information Officer at 250 554-5965.

Cause: Human Human Caused 
Vehicle fire spread to grass

• 40 firefighters 
• 2 helicopters 
Additional personnel have been requested and are expected to be on site this afternoon.