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Province sees an increase in wildfires over two days, one new in PGFC

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting an uptick in fires burning in the province.

There are currently 55 blazes burning….an increase of ten in the last two days.

Two-thirds are thought to have been started by lightning.

Just one of the new fires is in the Prince George Fire Centre, near Germansen Lake.

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It’s estimated to be 0.01 hectares in size, and is suspected to be person-caused.

In total, there are eight fires in the PG Fire Centre. Other than the new blaze that started yesterday, all of them are either ‘being held’ or ‘under control’.

The province has 8 wildfires of note, 4 in the Kamloops Fire Centre and 4 in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Crews have begun lighting backfires to bring the wildfire in the southern Okanagan under control.

Air quality warnings have been issued for the area, southwest of Penticton, due to smoke.

500 properties are under evacuation order, while those living on another one-thousand have been told to be ready to leave.

With files from Vista National Newswire

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