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Expanded Evacuation Orders Issued in BC Interior as Wildfire Rapidly Spreads

An evacuation order has been expanded in British Columbia after a wildfire near the province’s southern border has more than quadrupled in size since the weekend, says the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
The Keremeos Creek Wildfire, located about 20 kilometres southwest of Penticton, was burning a surface area of just over four kilometres on July 31, but has since grown dramatically to cover almost 28 kilometres on Aug. 2, the BCWS said in an update.
Bryan Zandberg, BCWS’s information officer, said in an update on Aug. 1 that the wildfire is burning unpredictably and growing aggressively.
“We are in desert country here,” Zandberg said. “So there are well−cured fuels for the fire to get into. We do have localized weather conditions such as winds that will push the fire, not in an organized way.”…

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