Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021
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New B.C. Wildfire Forces Evacuations in South Okanagan as Some Heat Warnings Resumeon July 12, 2021 at 2:08 pm

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A new wildfire in British Columbia has forced the evacuation of nearly 80 properties, while residents of hundreds more homes around the south Okanagan lakeside community of Okanagan Falls have been ordered to be ready to go on short notice. The BC Wildfire Service says flames in the hills on the southeast side of Skaha Lake, east of Okanagan Falls, were reported Sunday and had charred an estimated five square kilometres of the rural area within hours. The wildfire service says eight firefighters, two helicopters and numerous pieces of heavy equipment were at the scene before dusk and worked through the night. The suspected human-caused fire is one of more than 300 currently burning across B.C., 75 of them sparked since Friday, many by lightning. The wildfire service says 25 fires are ranked as especially threatening or visible and include the newly spawned Okanagan Falls blaze, the devastating fire June …

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