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BC Wildfire Service Plans to Control Burns to Contain Okanagan Wildfires

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A Unit Crew conducts planned ignitions above Yellow Lake near Olalla in this recent handout photo.The BC Wildfire Service says planned ignitions are scheduled to enclose a fire burning in the southern Okanagan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service
In this recent handout photo, a unit crew performs a planned ignition on Yellow Lake near Olala. are doing The service says a planned ignition is planned to surround a fire burning south of the Okanagan.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service Photo by HO /The Canadian Press

KEREMEOS, BC — The BC Wildfire Service says a planned igniter is set to fence a blazing fire south of the Okanagan.

Intelligence Officer Mikhail Elsei said the controlled burning had widened the perimeter of the blaze about 21 kilometers southwest of Penticton, but left nearly 60 square kilometers of flames below. He said it would help him carry it. Control.

He said the area will be much hotter and drier than the last few days, and fire activity will increase, but winds will be moderate, which will help firefighters.

It's been a quiet night the last few nights, Elsay said, and services are hoping for a similar situation so they can put the wildfires under control.

The Emergency Operations Center of Similkameen, Okanagan District District, said more than 500 facilities have been ordered to evacuate and more than 1,000 facilities have been alerted to evacuate.

A crew of 381 firefighters is working to contain the blaze, one of his eight high-profile wildfires in the state.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 7, 2022.

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