The popular tourist area in B.C.’s southern interior was hit by a lightning storm including multiple blazing wildfire that reached at the altitude of 10 square kilometres.
The chief fire information officer, Kevin Skrepnek from Kamloops informed circumstances are unsettled, and things are hectic to handle at the moment. He said, "things are quite busy right now and the situation down there is pretty volatile,"
He also showed his concern for Okanagan declaring it harmful for other communities and highlighting the array of fires between Kelowna and Penticton. He stated, “the Okanagan is our main area of concern, given that we've got that cluster of fires between Kelowna and Penticton, and given how close a lot of those fires are to communities."
extends from Saimon arm in the north to Osoyoos in the South and includes the
cities of Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, the provinces main wine making and
vacation spot from BC, Alberta and the U.S.
There are significant wildfires blustering in central and South East BC, some 123 fires are blazing across the province of which 41 are in Kamloops fire centre including Okanagan.
Skrepnek said, the crews are being shifted across the province to fight the fires. It will concede about 200 fire fighters which were sent for help in Ontario and Quebec, these firefighters will return to B.C next week.
Looking at the fire evacuation, orders for 81 properties including the Okanagan lake, Provincial Park and one winery were stimulated by the regional districts of Okanagan, Similkameen, and central Okanagan.
After the evacuation on Wednesday night the campers at the park were asked to return temporarily on Friday to restore their properties
Erick Thompson, information officer for Okanagan acknowledged that the region is accessible for business and has many places that are safe for tourist.
He also talked about the most important thing for people to come and figure out what is affecting their plan, “ I think the most important thing for people who are thinking of coming to the area or have plans to come here is just to do their research and find out what is affecting or may be affecting their plans,"
There are a lot of opportunities in Okanagan. He declared that more than 800 homes be ready if the situation weakens. He said, “there certainly still are lots of opportunities in the Okanagan."
Maria lee public information officer for emergency
operation centre informed about the 2003 west Kelowna wildfire which ruined 240
homes, so those under evacuation alert are being enthusiastic and are ready to
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