Wildfires improving in Southern Interior

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Officials say the fire situation in the Southern Interior of B.C.  is looking up, but that doesn’t mean crews and residents are out of the woods yet.

Fire Information Officer Mike McCulley says evacuation orders remain in place in the Lytton area for about 120 people threatened by the Botanie Creek fire.

But he says crews are making headway there, as well as at the Smith Creek wildfire in West Kelowna where almost every one of the 2,500 people ordered out last week have been allowed to return home.

“We will continue to action those fires as a high priority and see what progress we can make here. We know that the weather is going to warm again though, and we’ll be preparing for that and continue to make as much progress as we can before it dries and warms again.”

McCulley says even with the few days of cooler, wetter weather, it wouldn’t take much for flames to spring up so he’s urging everyone to be exceptionally cautious with any open flame.

Campfire bans are in place in much of the province.

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