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Updated: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:05:43 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Okanagan wildfire: Mount Boucherie brush fire ignited in West Kelowna



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Fire crews are battling a brush fire on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna, B.C., as wildfires continue to spread across the province.

Smoke and flames can be seen climbing the mountain, which sits near the shore of Okanagan Lake in the province's popular wine-growing region.

Planes are dropping fire retardant on the blaze. It is not yet known how large the fire is, how it started or whether any structures are at risk.

Chelaslie Arm wildfire spreading

Meanwhile, in B.C.'s northwest, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has declared a state of local emergency as a wildfire in Chelaslie Arm grows to 13,000 hectares.

An evacuation order for Tetachuck Lake and Chelaslie River has also been expanded, through Uchu Reach to Intata Reach on Natalkuz Lake to the south side of Chelaslie.

On Monday, BC Parks closed nearby Entiako Provincial Park and issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners and all recreational users within the park.

The Chelaslie Arm wildfire, which is burning some 200 kilometres southwest of Prince George, was discovered last Tuesday and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

Campfire bans for coast and Cariboo

On B.C.'s south coast, the fire risk is high to extreme and a campfire ban has been issued throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre, and in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River, beginning on Wednesday.

The ban applies to open fires of any size, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns and burning barrels.

The ban does not apply to stoves or portable campfire apparatus that use gas, propane or briquettes, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

In the Cariboo Regional District, the Euchiniko Lakes wildfire, also believed to have been sparked by lightning, has grown to cover 2,200 hectares since it was discovered last Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, 120 firefighters were trying to control the blaze, with six helicopters continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews.

A local state of emergency was declared in the district and an evacuation order issued for the Euchiniko Lakes Ranch on Sunday.

Firefighters working around the clock

Last week, three oil and gas worker camps were evacuated due to concerns over the spreading Red Deer Creek wildfire, which was estimated to cover 6,401 hectares on Tuesday and has 118 firefighters working around the clock to contain it.

According to B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch, crews have made great progress on the fire and are continuing to build a fireline.

Seven other wildfires were listed on the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch's "wildfires of note" list Tuesday afternoon.

In the Prince George fire centre:

- 22km Tenakihi.

- Forres Mountain fire.

- Mount McAllister fire.

- Mugaha fire.

- Salmon Lake fire.

- Valley south of Morfee Lake.

In the Cariboo fire centre:

- Soda Creek.

Dozens of other wildfires are also burning across the province. On Sunday, 21 firefighters from Ontario arrived in Kamloops to help support B.C.'s wildfire fighting efforts.

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