At least 160 properties have been ordered evacuated following a massive wildfire across southern Okanagan.


The Oshos Indian Band on Monday ordered the evacuation of more than 100 properties in the wake of a wildfire at Incanib Creek, six kilometers north of Osayus.

The Okanagan-Similkamen Regional District said flames were moving rapidly north and that a local state of emergency was declared Monday evening and 60 evacuations were ordered, followed by evacuation warnings for nearly 100 people across the city of Oliver.

The PC Wildfire Service website said there had already been a seven-square-kilometer fire and staff had been working all night.

Separate fires in the southern interior forced the Thomson-Nicola Regional District on Monday to evacuate 28 properties near the Westwold community and seven properties near Hefley Lake, the latest in a series of district orders.

The fire, which affects the regional district, has spread to more than 300 fires in the province.

Evacuation orders came as the provincial organization coordinating emergency support warned that thousands of wildfire evacuation homes in the Thompson and Caribbean areas had been exhausted, and some evacuees had to travel south as far as Sillivac.

Environment Canada released air quality reports in western Canada on Monday as smoke billowed from a wildfire between British Canada and Ontario.

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