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B.C. evacuation orders, wildfires slowly tick down

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 30 Aug, 2021 12:34 PM
  • B.C. evacuation orders, wildfires slowly tick down

The number of properties under evacuation orders and alerts because of wildfires in British Columbia ticked down over the weekend.

Emergency Management BC says 28 orders were in place today, covering more than 3,900 properties, while residents of another 6,255 properties were told to be ready to leave on short notice.

That's down from 4,100 properties on evacuation orders and 6,731 on evacuation alerts on Sunday as firefighting crews across the province were aided by cooler weather.

The number of active wildfires was down by one to 232, including 17 fires that were either highly visible or posed a potential threat to public safety.

The BC Wildfire Service says conditions were expected to be favourable today for a large-scale planned ignition at the northeast corner of the large and destructive White Rock Lake fire, which continued to burn out of control west of Okanagan Lake.

An update posted to the service's website says the burn would be low intensity and a buffer that's free of natural fuels has been constructed around the roughly 30-kilometre square area.

The fire service says the local fire department was also working to contain a small spot fire sparked Sunday night south of the Mt. Law fire near West Kelowna.

The service otherwise says good progress has been made in recent days on that roughly nine-square kilometre fire, as well as the 200-kilometre square Nk'Mip Creek fire that remains classified as burning out of control north of Osoyoos.

 

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