B.C.’s Okanagan faces more fires due to winds
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.
An aerial view of the Westside Road Fire on Tuesday near Kelowna, B.C.