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Weather aids crews fighting B.C. wildfires

May 25, 2017, Vernon, B.C. - Cool, wet weather is helping crews who are fighting a pair of wildfires in British Columbia.

May 25, 2017
By The Canadian Press

Officials say a fire in the north Okanagan, near Lumby, charred as much as eight hectares of trees and brush yesterday, prompting the Regional District of North Okanagan to issue an evacuation alert for about 30 homes.

Overnight rain and snow has helped crews control the flames, and David Sewell with the regional district says the risk has dropped enough that the evacuation alert was lifted this afternoon.

Fire information officer Amanda Reynolds says crews fighting a blaze southeast of Prince George have also received some help from the weather, with rain and snow significantly suppressing the fire last night.

Reynolds says the fire began about five kilometres east of Tete Jaune Cache (TEE’-zhawn cash) yesterday afternoon and it’s believed to have scorched and estimated two square kilometres of brush.

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Twenty-six firefighters are working to contain the flames and Reynolds says another 28 are expected to join them shortly.