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Stable weather allows the fire brigade to focus on containing B.C. Forest fire

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The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

Smoke from fires along Sheep Creek is shown in an Aug.7, 2022 handout photo from the BC Wildfire Service. The BC Wildfire Service says the the wildfire covers 68 square kilometres southwest of Penticton, with most of the recent growth due to planned ignitions needed to create the control lines.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Photo handout from BC on August 7, 2022 shows fires along Sheep Creek. Wildfire service showing smoke. According to the BC Wildfire Service, wildfires cover 68 square kilometers southwest of Penticton, and most of the recent increase is due to the planned ignitions needed to create a line of control. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Services **REQUIRED CREDIT** THE CANADIAN PRESS

500 in the Okanagan South of British Columbia Crews battling wildfires that have forced the evacuation of more than one facility are taking advantage of the calm wind and stable conditions to strengthen their lines of fire.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the wildfires cover 68 square kilometers southwest of Penticton, and most of the recent increase was due to the plans needed to create a control line. due to ignition.

Updates from the WildFire Service say the newly created control line is "well held."

A key objective was to continue mop-up work along Highway 3A to reopen the route connecting Keremeos and the displaced communities of Oraja with towns further north. increase.

Crews are keeping an eye on weather conditions as a storm approaches from Washington state, with showers later this week and possible lightning strikes on Wednesday.

The WildFire Service has documented 564 fires since the start of the season, 58 of which have occurred in the past seven days, putting BC's overall Vancouver Island fire risk at From high to extreme. the coast and the entire southern district of the state.

Of the eight notable wildfires currently burning in Kamloops and the Southeastern Fire Center, only the fire near Penticton continues to keep residents away from their homes.

Seven other fires have not grown significantly in recent days, and according to the Wildfire Service website, about 3 square kilometers of fire in the grasslands northwest of Kamloops is now " It is listed as 'pending' and the crew can complete the building. control line.

Notable wildfires are highly visible or pose a threat to people and property.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 9, 2022.

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