B.C. firefighters battling two aggressive and fast-spreading wildfires

By Tiffany Crawford
Vancouver Sun
September 4, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. firefighters are battling two aggressive and fast-spreading wildfires, as hot, dry and windy conditions hamper containment efforts. One is the Heather Lake wildfire that started in the U.S., in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. That blaze, which is considered out of control, was discovered in the U.S. last month but officials said Saturday that it has now crossed the border and is quickly spreading into E. C. Manning Provincial Park. The fire “is exhibiting aggressive fire behaviour and is highly visible from Highway 3,” fire officials said. The fire is suspected to be caused by lightning and is estimated at 1,500 hectares in size. Meantime, an evacuation alert was issued Friday …by the Penticton Indian Band for the Shingle Creek area due to the Blue Mountain Wildfire, which broke out Friday west of Penticton and quickly spread to 50 hectares, fanned by strong winds.

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