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Southern B.C. wildfire grows, thousands now on evacuation notice


August 19, 2020
By PJ Boyd
PJ Boyd
Penticton wildfire. Photo: Ellie S. (Twitter)
First published: August 19, 2020 at 12:50. UPDATED: August 20.

Following a wildfire outbreak Tuesday afternoon southeast of Penticton, B.C., hundreds of residents in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan region have been forced to evacuate their homes on short notice, reports the CBC.

The wildfire, which grew from 250 hectares to nearly 10 square kilometres within hours, forced the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to order 319 properties to evacuate immediately. Shortly after, the city of Penticton issued an evacuation alert for almost 3,700 properties close to Skaha Lake. To date, one home has been destroyed.

 

In a statement to CBC, Fire Information officer, Taylor MacDonald said there are 86 firefighters battling the fire along with the Penticton Fire Department. She added that there are nine helicopters assisting, but poor visibility has been effecting their operations.

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