Evacuations underway as looming wildfire breaks out near Osoyoos, B.C. – .

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Evacuations underway as looming wildfire breaks out near Osoyoos, B.C. – .


Residents of at least half a dozen homes and a campground in a rural area between Oliver and Osoyoos were evacuated Monday evening, due to a new threatening and rapid wildfire, RCMP said .

The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District (RDOS) declared a local state of emergency due to the 300 hectare fire, which broke out around 4:00 p.m. near Inkameep Road, on the Osoyoos Indian Band Reserve (OIB).

Yet at 8:30 p.m. RDOS officials said evacuation orders and alerts were “on hold” as conditions change rapidly. The district said search and rescue teams were helping the RCMP conduct tactical evacuations for “those at immediate risk.”

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A new wildfire started near the northeast side of Osoyoos Lake on Monday evening.


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Thick black smoke and an ominous orange sky descended over much of the southern Okanagan in the wake of the new wildfire, and the blaze is highly visible from the popular tourist towns of Oliver and Osoyoos.

Residents report ashes are falling as far as Penticton, about 40 kilometers from the scene of the fire.








Fast-growing forest fire burns on a hill near Oliver and Osoyoos


Fast-growing forest fire burns on a hill near Oliver and Osoyoos

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Witnesses say the fire, burning in mountainous terrain, exploded in hot, dry and windy conditions.

“Oliver Fire Department is responding to a large fire on Inkameep Rd right now,” Oliver Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

“We ask people to stay away from the area. “

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The BC Wildfire Service said it was responding to the dynamic situation with ground personnel, tankers and helicopters.

The fire is out of control and the cause is unknown.

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The aggressive behavior of firefighters poses a challenge for fire crews, the fire department said on Twitter.

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The Osoyoos Indian Band, meanwhile, has issued an evacuation order for approximately 180 properties within its boundaries. About 20 other properties are on evacuation alert.

The RDOS said it was monitoring the forest fire, which falls under the jurisdiction of the OIB.

FortisBC says it has cut power to 3,000 customers in the region at the request of first responders.

There are 299 active fires in the province and 37 wildfires of note, meaning they pose a threat to public safety and are highly visible.

Almost a third of fires burn in the Kamloops area and about 70% of active forest fires have been started by lightning.

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Forest fire near Lake Mabel puts cabins on alert


Forest fire near Lake Mabel puts cabins on alert

–With files from Sean Boynton

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