At least one house was destroyed after two forest fires had forced hundreds of people to flee their homes in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
The property was on fire Testalinden Creek, about seven kilometers south of the town of Oliver, an area ravaged by a powerful fire, said Zoe Kirk, a representative of Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District.
Appeared Friday night, the flames devastated 13 square kilometers in the night from Friday to Saturday and continued to grow.
A smaller fire located Wilsons Mountain, one kilometer north of Oliver, covered two square kilometers on Saturday afternoon.
The district has issued a notice of evacuation for 360 homes in areas devastated by the flames, but the provincial authorities said at a news conference Saturday that the situation seemed less severe than the previous day.
“The intensity of the fires this morning is a little weaker than what we observed last night,” announced Kevin Skrepnek, director of communications for forest fire management service in British Columbia, before specifying several structures had burned in the region.
“But there is still much work to do. At present, the fire is absolutely not content, but the strong winds that swept the area yesterday have disappeared, “he added.
Emergency Social Services were set up at Oliver community center to help evacuated residents. The mayor, Ron Hovanes, said 300 people were presented Friday night and that 40 of them had slept there, while the others had spent the night in their cars or with relatives.
Both fires are on brushy and steep hills that dominate western agricultural area surrounding Oliver. On Saturday, three helicopters and 60 firefighters forest fire management service in British Columbia were on the scene in company of local teams.
Oliver is not the only city in the province to be threatened by the flames. At Rock Creek, located forty kilometers southeast of Oliver, another forest fires with an area of 25 square kilometers has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes Thursday and destroyed in at least one .