British Columbia

B.C. Fires: 2 aggressive fires burning near Oliver force 200 evacuations

Two aggressive new wildfires are blazing in Oliver, B.C. on Friday evening.

Fire is 20 minutes away from another wildfire burning in Osoyoos

Two blazes in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley pose an imminent threat to homes. (Sandra Oldfied/Twitter)

Two aggressive new wildfires are blazing in Oliver, B.C. on Friday evening and have forced the evacuations of 200 homes. 

The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said crews and aircraft are responding to the fires. 

Both the Wilson Mountain Fire, north of Oliver, and the Testalinden Creek Fire, south of the community, pose an imminent threat to homes. Fire officials believe they were caused by lightning. 

Janette Van Vianen lives a kilometere away from Kobau mountain where flames are ripping through the area. 

"I can see the flames. There are houses up there ... but it's too smokey to see if anything is burning up there."

She says the fire is moving very fast due to high winds

Church & State Wines tweeted its winery may have burned in the fire.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has opened an emergency operations centre to co-ordinate its response. (@fip_Robinson/Twitter)

The fire is roughly 20 minutes away from Osoyoos, where another wildfire is burning.


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