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Fire forces evacuation of neighbourhood

July 31, 2016 6:52 A.M.


B.C. Forest Service is sending in reinforcements to fight a wildfire above Vernon's Adventure Bay neighbourhood.

Twenty firefighters and a response officer will join about two dozen members of Vernon Fire Rescue on the fire line, according to Max Birkner, fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Birkner said the crew was requested by the Vernon fire department.

“We've got a rank three fire on about an acre,” said Vernon fire chief Keith Green, around 11:40 p.m. Saturday night. “The terrain has been difficult to access and we've seen some candling in the trees.

“Forestry is arriving shortly to get more boots on the ground.”

Green said about 60 residents in the area around the fire had been evacuated.

“I've had calls from some of these residents and they are concerned and alarmed at how fast the fire grew,” said Green.

Green said the fire appeared to be moving away from the structures, although crews were certainly on guard in case it changed direction.

“We're getting water on it now."

He said there would be no air support in the darkness.

“We will re-evaluate at first light,” Green said.

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