Aug 08, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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Fire crews with the B.C. Wildfire Service faced a hectic long weekend as the number of active wildfires in the province rose above 400, with more than 30 reported in just the last 24 hours.

According to the wildfire service, over 200 of those blazes remain out of control, including a small fire northwest of Princeton that grew quickly, forcing an evacuation of about one-thousand people at a nearby music festival on Sunday night.

Crews are struggling to contain the roughly 16-hectare fire and are also looking to cooler weather and showers forecast over some of the 14 blazes identified by the wildfire agency as highly visible or a threat to public safety.

Both evacuation orders and alerts remain in place for separate fires northeast of Kamloops on both sides of Adams Lake in the Shuswap region where high winds are due Tuesday, but showers and below-average temperatures are forecast for Wednesday.

North of Whistler, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has confirmed that as many as 14 outbuildings on nine properties at Gun Lake were destroyed last Tuesday by the nearly 25-square-kilometre Downtown Lake fire, but no injuries were reported.

According to the regional district, a recreational property has also been destroyed by the Casper Creek wildfire, which charred nearly 46 square kilometres since breaking out on July 11, forcing evacuation orders and alerts along the north shore of Anderson Lake and a section of Seton Lake, west of Lillooet.


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