Wild­fire con­di­tions re­main sta­ble in B.C., although sev­eral new blazes sparked

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

KAM­LOOPS, B.C. — Luck was on the side of fire­fight­ers in Bri­tish Columbia on Sun­day as a winds­torm failed to stir up the scores of wildfires that have been threat­en­ing com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince. The BC Wild­fire Ser­vice said there was no sig­nif­i­cant growth of the 156 blazes cur­rently burn­ing. Nine­teen new wildfires were sparked, with nine caused by light­ning, five blamed on hu­man ac­tiv­ity and the rest un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Although the wind storm didn’t kick up the fires, it did top­ple trees and bring down power lines in B.C.’s Shuswap re­gion as well as around Golden and Revel­stoke.

``It was like Ar­maged­don for about 10 min­utes. You just felt help­less,’’ said Jon Keen, who was vis­it­ing Shuswap Lake, about 100 kilo­me­tres east of Kam­loops, when the storm hit. ``Big tall trees just started bend­ing and snap­ping in half,’’ he added, de­scrib­ing a tree fall­ing on his cabin and an­other com­ing down on a truck parked nearby, while a third nar­rowly missed the fam­ily’s camper.

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