Washington wildfire crosses into B.C., prompts evacuations

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A wildfire that originated in Washington has crossed the border into B.C., prompting several home evacuations.

The Sidley Mountain Wildfire is raging just east of Osoyoos and is 50 hectares in size on the Canadian side. The fire was believed to have been caused by lightning and the majority of it is still in Washington.

It is unknown at this time how many homes had to be evacuated, but they were between the regions of Okanagan Similkameen and Kootenay Boundary.

Drive BC tweeted out road closures caused by the fire.

As of the evening of August 13, there were four firefighters and three helicopters helping to battle the blaze.

More to come…

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