BC .: 200 homes and a campground evacuated due to wildfires

fumee-ciel-naramata-cinquantaine-kilometresHundreds of people were evacuated from their homes and a campground where abandoned vehicles were burned by a burning forest fire raging in southern British Columbia.

The fire in Rock Creek, just north of the US border, and about 50 kilometers east of Osoyoos, increased significantly in size over night Friday and covered 25 square kilometers.

It started Thursday afternoon and, within hours, forced the evacuation of more than 200 properties.

About 200 campers Provincial Park Kettle River had to flee without their belongings while highways 3 and 33 were blocked just north of Rock Creek.

An evacuation order has also been issued for 10 properties near another blaze east of Osoyoos.

Fire burns Sidley Mountain east of Oroville in Washington state and crossed the border Thursday.

Rob and Melanie Hardy were forced from their home in Westbridge, north of Rock Creek, when the flames began to spread it.

“Literally, the treetops and exploded like bombs fell on the roof of our house,” said Rob Hardy media outside of a center of the Army of salvation of the Community Church of Kelowna, which was transformed into a refuge.

“The wind carried the embers for kilometers and kilometers. I have never experienced anything like, seen anything like that. ”

Hardy made the difficult decision to release their horses in the wild in hoping to save them, but fear they will never see them again.

Campers evacuated Thursday are mounted on buses to take them to shelters.

The Information Officer of Fanny Bernard fires said several vehicles, trailers and recreational vehicles were abandoned on site.

Ms. Bernard could not confirm if the fire had destroyed houses, but the RCMP has said several vehicles on the campsite and nearby homes were burned.

Sixty firefighters fought the fire with the support of helicopters and three air tankers.

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