Another fierce blaze in British Columbia has forced the evacuation of almost 80 properties, while inhabitants of hundreds additional homes around the south Okanagan lakeside local area of Okanagan Falls have been requested to be all set without prior warning.
The B.C. Wildfire Service said flares in the slopes on the southeast side of Skaha Lake, east of Okanagan Falls,reported Sunday and had roasted an expected five square kilometers of the rustic region in practically no time.
The wildfire service said eight firefighters, two helicopters and numerous pieces of heavy equipment were at the scene before dusk and worked through the night.The out of control fire administration said eight firemen, two helicopters and various bits of weighty hardware were at the scene before nightfall and worked as the night progressed.
The suspected human-caused fire is one of more than 300 currently burning across B.C., including 35 of them sparked since Saturday. Two-thirds were started by lightning.
The wildfire service said 25 fires are ranked as especially threatening or visible. Those fires include the newly spawned Okanagan Falls fire; the devastating fire that destroyed the village of Lytton; and another north of Kamloops that has scorched 402 square kilometres of bush in just two weeks.
Wildfire risk across most of B.C. is ranked high or extreme. Environment Canada has issued another round of heat warnings for parts of the central and southern Interior, including the region where crews are still battling the 88-square-kilometre fire that levelled Lytton.
RCMP to provide update on investigation into Lytton wildfire in coming days Heat warnings issued Sunday by the weather office call for above-seasonal daytime temperatures of 33 C to 38 C, and only moderately cooler conditions overnight.
“Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion,” the Environment Canada warning said.
The warnings are expected to remain in effect until Wednesday.