Osoyoos wildfire: Evacuation order issued for more than 700 properties

The order covers the area north of the Canada/U.S. border to the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 3, west and north along Highway 3.

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An evacuation order was issued late Saturday by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and Town of Osoyoos for more than 700 properties due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire.

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The order covers the area north of the Canada/U.S. border to the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 3, west and north along Highway 3.

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The order said that members of the RCMP and other agencies will be expediting the evacuation.

Click here for a list of addresses under evacuation order.

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Areas under an evacuation order.

The fire was burning approximately 5 km southwest of Osoyoos early on Saturday evening on the south side of the Canada-U. S. border, prompting an evacuation alert. That became an order around 10 p.m. Residents have noted on social media how fast the fire seems to be moving.

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In an update just before 6 p.m., the B.C. Wildfire Service said the fire was highly visible in Osoyoos, and that a wildfire officer and helicopter are assessing the incident.

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There are currently 363 active wildfires in B.C., with 11 new fires in the last 24 hours and 191 blazes have been classified as out of control.

There have been 1,517 wildfires in British Columbia this year, burning 15,397 square kilometres of trees, bush and grassland.

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An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and Town of Osoyoos for more than 700 properties due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire. Pauline Peterson photo Photo by Pauline Peterson

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An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and Town of Osoyoos for more than 700 properties due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire. Pauline Peterson photo

Earlier Saturday, RCMP said a firefighter died in northeastern British Columbia, marking the second such fatality in the province this month and the fourth in Canada during this year’s record-breaking fire season.

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