Out-of-control wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C., scorches four square kilometres

OSOYOOS, B.C. — A growing wildfire in British Columbia's southern Okanagan region has prompted additional evacuation alerts for several properties west of the town of Osoyoos.

Residents of 13 properties along Sumac Road and Highway 3 in Cawston are being warned to be ready to leave on short notice as a wildfire sparked Monday by a burning vehicle has now scorched four square kilometres of bush.

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The evacuation alert is in addition to one issued shortly after flames from the vehicle on Highway 3 spread into the surrounding grass and trees.

The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is burning in steep terrain and is considered out of control.

Forty firefighters backed up by two helicopters are working to contain it, and the wildfire service website says additional resources will be assigned over the coming days.

Environment Canada says rain expected over the region by late today should continue for several days, although forecasters warn lightning is possible on Thursday.

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