B.C.’s Okana­gan faces more fires

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS• - KAM­LOOPS, B.C.

New light­ning-sparked fires fu­elled by high winds are threat­en­ing prop­er­ties in Bri­tish Columbia’s Okana­gan re­gion.

The BC Wild­fire Ser­vice says the West­side Road fire near Kelowna has burned about three square kilo­me­tres and forced res­i­dents to flee some 70 prop­er­ties.

The Cold­stream Creek fire burn­ing near Ashcroft and the Bolean Lake fire near Falk­land have also forced of­fi­cials to place some res­i­dents onto evac­u­a­tion alert.

Fire in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Kevin Skrep­nek says the West­side Road fire is one of 115 new blazes dis­cov­ered Mon­day and most were caused by light­ning in south­ern B.C.

He says 259 blazes are burn­ing through­out the province, bring­ing this year’s wild­fire tall to 1,275. More than 2,200 peo­ple are cur­rently en­gaged in the wild­fire fight, in­clud­ing about 100 who are from On­tario and are near­ing the end of their tours and will soon need to be re­placed.

CP PHOTO

An aerial view of the West­side Road Fire on Tues­day near Kelowna, B.C.

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