Firefighters scramble to save homes as Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C. flares up

Firefighters scramble to save homes as Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C. flares up

Sirens blared in Osoyoos, B.C., on Wednesday night as the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire lit up the night sky and unpredictable winds fanned the flames down the mountainside. The 2,000-hectare blaze licked the doorsteps of homes on a hillside vacation rental subdivision called The Residences at Spirit Ridge, perched above the resort on the southernmost edge of the Okanagan Valley. “It came right to the driveways, pretty much,” said Mike Campol, chief operating officer of the Osoyoos Indian Band. The OIB owns the land under threat. “Wind predictability was completely inconsistent with what happened,” added Campol. “That could be a result of other wildfires happening throughout the area. The winds shifted several times last night, which made fighting it challenging.” The Osoyoos Fire Department and structural protection crews from the BC Wildfire Service rushed to the area to save homes. “They have sprinkler systems and water systems set up around those homes,” said fire information officer Dani McIntosh. “They are working with the power companies and the residents to use the wells on the property to ensure that there are adequate …
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