Wild­fire near Prince­ton prompts evac­u­a­tion alert

Times Colonist - - Island / B.c. -

PRINCE­TON — Res­i­dents of 43 prop­er­ties in Bri­tish Columbia’s southern In­te­rior have been told to be ready to leave on short no­tice as a wild­fire flares nearby.

The Regional District of Okana­gan Sim­ilka­meen is­sued the evac­u­a­tion alert Sun­day as a 22-hectare wild­fire burns north­west of Prince­ton.

The B.C. Wild­fire Ser­vice says light­ning is the sus­pected cause and a 29-mem­ber crew, 11 pieces of heavy equip­ment, he­li­copters and air tankers are work­ing to con­tain the flames.

More than 40 wild­fires, all of them un­der 25 hectares in size, are burn­ing in the prov­ince as cool, wet weather has slowed the start of the wild­fire season.

But the wild­fire ser­vice re­ports light­ning storms across the southern In­te­rior sparked 22 new fires over the long week­end.

The wild­fire dan­ger map shows much of the southern quar­ter of the prov­ince is rated as high to ex­treme, but the ma­jor­ity of B.C. cur­rently faces no more than a mod­er­ate risk.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada is main­tain­ing a heat warn­ing for the north Thomp­son re­gion, as tem­per­a­tures are forecast to nudge 30 C.

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