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B.C. Wildfires 2018: Cathedral Lakes Lodge, provincial park ordered evacuated

More than 100 new wildfires have been reported in B.C.; navigate the CBC's interactive map for the full wildfire picture across the province.

132 new wildfires reported across the province

Smoke from the Snowy Mountain wildfire near Cawston and Keremeos, B.C. (Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Management Program/Twitter)

Cathedral Lakes Lodge and the surrounding provincial park were ordered evacuated Wednesday morning because of the Placer Mountain fire.

B.C. Parks has closed the entire Cathedral Provincial Park, about 30 kilometres south of Keremeos, B.C., and all guests and hikers have been asked to leave immediately. 

The lodge and park were also evacuated last summer, after a Washington-state wildfire crossed the border.

  • Elsewhere in the province, 132 new wildfires broke out Tuesday, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service, mostly due to lightning strikes. 
  • As of Wednesday morning, there were 305 fires across the province that firefighters are responding to. 
  • The Snowy Mountain fire south of Keremeos is now 6,155 hectares (61.5 square kilometres) in size.

B.C. Wildfire Service spokesperson Ryan Turcot said temperatures are expected to continue dropping this week, but that could be something of a "doubled-edged sword" for firefighters.

"It means we'll see cooler conditions, which is always good for wildfire activity, but we're expecting … to see widespread lightning again across most areas of the province, and as well with this instability we might see more aggressive winds," he said. 

Current evacuation alerts and orders: 

For the latest wildfire information, visit:

B.C. Wildfire Service
Emergency Info BC

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