The Skaha Creek wildfire started Saturday around 2 p.m. on Penticton Indian band (PIB) land west of the Penticton airport on syilx territory2021-05-03T11:38:51.911Z, according to PIB Chief Greg Gabriel.
Gabriel tells IndigiNews that the band’s fire department and guardian program are working separately but in collaboration with the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to fight the fire.
“The band itself has commissioned Westhills Aggregates’ equipment to go up and build a fireguard a few kilometres below the fire lineThe third wave is visible o. So it’s separate from the activities of the actual fire,” says Gabrieljust another virus.
“It’s a precautionary measure we’ve taken on our own to help alleviate a lot of the concern and panic from a lot of our community members.”
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