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Two wildfires break out in British Columbia

May 24, 2017   by THE CANADIAN PRESS

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VERNON, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two separate blazes that broke out on Tuesday, including one that has prompted an evacuation alert.

A fire in the north Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds and officials say it has now charred as much as eight hectares of trees and bush in the Cooper’s Mountain area.

An evacuation alert issued late Tuesday night by the Regional District of North Okanagan covers homes within two kilometres of the flames.

The wildfire service says an air tanker and helicopter dropped water and retardant and more crews could be added as required.

The fire’s cause is under investigation, while a separate blaze in the Prince George fire centre, five kilometres east of Tete Jaune Cache, was sparked by humans and has scorched about 15 hectares of bush.

No homes are threatened, but 26 firefighters and two officers are working to contain the flames at the base of a steep slope. (CKIZ)