PENTICTON, B.C. - A new forest fire has sprung up south of Penticton – between Okanagan Falls and Oliver – knocking out power in the area.
The fire, which already covers 50 hectares, has also closed Hwy 97.
Air tankers and helicopters have been called in to fight the flames. Ground crews and heavy equipment have also been dispatched to the scene.
Penticton emergency centre spokesperson Joan Doller says the fire is affecting services in several Okanagan communities.
"Phone lines are also down, and Naramata which is where I live is without power as well. You know there are lots of lines down, and we could be in for a huge problem."
She says Naramata has issued a boil-water advisory until the power is restored.
There's no word on what effect the power outage will have on Sunday's scheduled Ironman Triathlon.
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