Canadian firefighters prevent more wildfire losses and step up defense of territorial capital


August 22, 2023

Darryl Dyck, the Canadian Press via AP

The McDougall Creek wildfire burns on the mountainside above a lakefront home in West Kelowna, Canada on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Canadian firefighters prevented wildfires from destroying more structures in a scenic region of British Columbia and stepped up their defense of a territorial capital threatened by flames, authorities said Monday as the prospect of rain raised hopes for the effort to contain the blazes.

Fire Chief Jason Brolund said fire crews made more progress in the West Kelowna area known as a summer destination for families. He reported no new property losses in the previous 24 hours and said the biggest challenge now is the region's poor air quality, which he described as ''choking.''

Weather predictions called for light showers beginning Monday evening and extending into Tuesday morning.


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