Authorities declared a state of emergency near Peachland yesterday as a wildfire continued to spread.

Vacationers and staff at Seclusion Bay Resort on Okanagan Lake had minutes to leave their cabins and fled on boat.

By deadline, the fire covered 18 hectares, according to fire information officer Michaela Swan.

“We’re not calling it contained, but we definitely have guards around the fire and the winds have died down,” Swan said.

Meanwhile, an evacuation order was downgraded to an alert yesterday after nearly 200 people were forced from their homes because of a sawmill fire near Armstrong.

Blazing B.C.
Around 60 forest fires have broken out around B.C. in the past few days.

  • The largest fire is a 2,300-hectare blaze in the Cariboo.

  • At least 10 of the fires were caused by people.

  • Four fires started from lightning.

  • Thirteen firefighters are battling the blaze at Seclusion Bay.

  • 16,774 hectares have burned in B.C. wildfires this year.

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