Three new British Columbia fires to watch out for

The Watching Creek Fire, covering an area of ​​just under 2 square kilometers, is located 16 kilometers northwest of Kamloops. An evacuation alert was sent to local residents on Monday evening.

The Briggs Creek fire in the Kootenays was started by lightning and now covers 15 square kilometers. About fifteen properties in the village of Kaslo, eleven kilometers from the fire, are also on evacuation alert and must be ready to leave at any time.

The Keremeos Creek Fire very close Characteristics

Earlier Monday, residents of more than 300 properties southwest of Penticton were ordered to evacuate their homes due to the Keremeos Creek fire.

Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Unit evacuation orders apply to Sheep Creek Road south of Olalla on Highway 3 and the village of Apex Mountain Ski Resort.

These orders are in addition to those issued for the north section of Sheep Creek Road and Green Mountain Road near Ford Lake in the past few days. The Aboriginal community of Lower Similkameen is among the areas affected by these evacuation orders.

The fire is so closesaid Lois Wager, owner of the equestrian center Sagebrush Pony Partieson Sheep Creek Road about twenty miles south of Penticton.

She had to evacuate with her animals as the fire burned just a few miles from her property.

A reception center for evacuees opened at Princess Margaret High School in Penticton.

A growing fire

The size of the Keremeos Creek fire, which was reported last Friday, is now estimated at 27.9 square kilometers.

To BC wildfirethe fire spreads in hard-to-reach areas.

More than 140 firefighters, a dozen helicopters and heavy equipment are mobilized.

Around 450 properties are affected by an evacuation alert in connection with this fire.

Along with the fires at Nohomin Creek, near Lytton, and Maria Creek, north of Lillooet, the Keremeos Creek, Briggs Creek and Watching Creek fires are all considered notorious by the province and are actively monitored.

The Kamloops Fire Center will also ban campfires in several communities in the area, including Kamloops, Kelowna and Penticton, starting Thursday noon.

In all, about 95 fires are currently burning in British Columbia, including 52 that have erupted in the past 48 hours.

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