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Wildfires prompted evacuations in Canada

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement aimed at areas including Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos due to wildfires.

"Wildfire smoke is a constantly changing mixture of particles and gases, which includes many chemicals that can harm your health," it said. Another warning pointed to the fact that „smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour by hour.” The fire between Oliver and Okanagan Falls, in the area known as Eagle Bluffs, prompted evacuations on Monday. The fire was discovered on Sunday and originally estimated to be 225 hectares in size but it more than doubled growing to 6oo hectares. According to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, there are currently “100 personnel, several helicopters, and water tankers responding to the wildfire.”

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“The crews are working in quite steep and rocky terrain and we are expecting highs of around 35 (degrees Celsius),” the firefighters service said. Evacuation alert includes all properties on James Way, and extends southeast to McKinney Road at Manuels Creek Road, as well as to the north along the west side of Manuels Creek Road to approximately 3.5 km on McIntyre Creek Road. There have been 596 wildfires in B.C. so far this season, which started on April 1, with 29 currently active.

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