BRITISH COLUMBIA

Okanagan-Similkameen Residents Ordered Evacuated As Wildfire Burns In B.C.

08/28/2015 07:22 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 05:59 EDT
OLIVER, B.C. — A wind-fuelled wildfire in British Columbia's southern Okanagan has forced authorities to order the evacuation of 27 properties.

The BC Wildfire Service says shifting winds overnight stoked the Testalinden Creek fire, which measures about 37 square kilometres and is burning south of Oliver.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is asking people covered by the evacuation order to register at a local community centre.

At least 250 homes or properties remain under evacuation alert, meaning residents may be ordered to leave at a moment's notice.

The wildfire service says 232 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 21 pieces of heavy equipment are battling the flames.

Smoke from the Stickpin fire in nearby Washington state has also blanketed the Okanagan Valley.

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