Some B.C. residents can relax as crews make progress corralling two wildfires

Crews are making good progress on a pair of wildfires burning in the south Okanagan near Oliver, B.C., south of Penticton.

KELOWNA, B.C. — Crews are making good progress on a pair of wildfires burning in the south Okanagan near Oliver, B.C., south of Penticton.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Testalinden fire, burning seven kilometres south of Oliver, is now 40 per cent contained.

It has charred 16-square kilometres of bush but has not destroyed any homes and about 80 crew members, four pieces of heavy equipment, seven helicopters and air support are working to build guards around the remaining flanks.

The three-square kilometre Wilsons Mountain wildfire just north of Osoyoos is estimated at 70 per cent containment and evacuation orders issued for homes near that blaze have been downgraded to evacuation alerts.

The 37-square kilometre Rock Creek blaze remains uncontained and there is no end in sight for the evacuation orders that have forced hundreds from their homes, east of Osoyoos, not far from the U.S. border.

Officials confirm that blaze, which is suspected to have been caused by humans, has destroyed 30 homes but no one has been hurt.

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