04/14/2014 11:10 EDT | Updated 06/14/2014 05:59 EDT

4 homes evacuated near Lilooet due to Bridge River fire

B.C.'s Wildlife Management branch says nearly  two dozen firefighters and two helicopters have been sent to battle a 20 hectare  wildfire, 15 kms northwest of Lilooet in the area of Bridge River.

Four homes have been evacuated as a precaution..

Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Kayla Pepper says fire crews were called to the Bridge River area around 4 p.m. PT Monday.

Pepper says the Kamloops Fire Centre, the most active in the province, has had 34 fires since April 1 or about double the usual number.

"It is dry out there and there has been a fair amount of wind throughout the Interior and Okanagan," she said.

Despite the greater than usual number of fires, Pepper says it's too early to say much about the potential intensity of this year's fire season.

Typically, we look at the amount of precipitation we get in June as an indicator for how intense fire season will be later into the year," she said.

Pepper says there are two other large fires in the south Okanagan, one burning southeast of Keremeos and the Inkameep fire.

She says the Inkameep fire is an estimated 80 hectares in size.  Smoke from that fire, she says, will be visible from Osoyoos and Oliver, B.C. for at least a couple of days.

MAP: Bridge River, Lilooet, B.C.