Aggressive Inkaneep Creek wildfire fills skies with smoke over Osoyoos Indian Band land south of Oliver

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      One of B.C.'s newest blazes—a wildfire on Osoyoos Indian Band land—is estimated at 300 hectares, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

      "Personnel on site are reporting aggressive fire behaviour," the B.C. Wildfire Service tweeted.

      Dubbed the Inkaneep Creek wildfire, it's six kilometres north of the Town of Osoyoos and about nine kilometres south of Oliver.

      The fire started just after 4 p.m. 

      There's no word of any structures being damaged.

      Today, Environment Canada forecast a high of 37 C in Osooyoos.

      The band has 540 members and 13 different lines of businesses. On its website it reports that unemployment on the reserve is less than three percent.

      Nk'Mip Cellars, the Osoyoos band's winery, is at 1400 Rancher Creek Road in Osoyoos. The vineyard is on Osoyoos Indian Band land.

      In 2017, Rick Mercer visited the Nk'Mip Cellars vineyard on Osoyoos Indian Band land.


      At 9:34 p.m. on July 19, the B.C. Wildfire Service said that the fire had reached 700 hectares in size.

      The Osoyoos Indian Band has issued an evacuation order for a long list of properties on its land. You can see the addresses here.

      In addition, an evacuation alert is in place for 21 properties, including nine on Nk'Mip Vineyard Road.