Number of homes destroyed or damaged by wildfire in B.C.’s Okanagan rises to 189

CBC News
August 28, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

The latest on the wildfires in BC: The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre says new assessments have revealed 189 structures were burned by the McDougall Creek wildfire, up from 181. The province says 8,000 properties continue to be under an evacuation order due to wildfires, while 54,000 are under an evacuation alert. Officials in B.C.’s Shuswap began notifying residents Monday about properties affected by the Bush Creek East wildfire. People in B.C.’s northwest are once again watching fires closely as the the Village of Witset issued an evacuation alert. Air quality advisories stemming from wildfire smoke remain in effect for B.C.’s South Coast and southern Interior, along with a severe thunderstorm watch for Vancouver Island. The B.C. Wildfire Service says from April 1, it’s spent an estimated $585 million on fire suppression efforts.

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