This is a screen grab of the Richter Mountain wildfire near Cawston. Officials say wind is causing the blaze to spread, and several properties are under an evacuation alert.
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High winds fanned the flames of a wildfire burning in B.C.’s Similkameen region Friday, causing it to significantly grow overnight.The B.C. Wildfire Service confirmed Saturday that the Richter Mountain Wildfire — located about 14 kilometres southeast of Cawston — is now 250 hectares, up from 80 hectares earlier Friday, as a result of wind and dry conditions.About 10 properties in Cawston are under an evacuation alert because of the blaze, according to the District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Most of the residents who were informed they may need to leave are living along on Highway 3, while one property is on Chopaka Road.Fire information officer Nicole Bonnett says the blaze grew significantly overnight Friday because of the high winds, but that it was spreading away from the community.“We are expecting stronger winds this afternoon so fire crews will be watching for that,” she said Saturday.Bonnett said there were 20 fire personnel battling the fire overnight, and 67 were on the job Saturday, aided by helicopters and heavy equipment.The blaze is not considered a wildfire of note yet, but Bonnett expects that could change given the conditions.For more on the B.C. wildfire situation check out the B.C. Wildfires Map 2019.UPDATE: The Richter Mountain Wildfire (K51089) is now ~ 250 ha. This growth occurred away from structures and communities and is a result of winds that occurred yesterday evening. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/r5AQDgwU3l— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 27, 2019