August 5, 2014 10:29 pm

Residents near Slocan Park wildfire remain on evacuation alert

Smoke can be seen rising from the Slocan Park wildfire.

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VANCOUVER – Fire officials say lightning is to blame for many of the wildfires currently burning across B.C.

The Wildfire Management Branch says there are 220 fires burning in B.C. right now, 31 of which started on Monday.

The Biggest Fire in BC right now is the Chelaslie River Fire, which is more than 75,000 hectares in size –┬ánearly 200 times the size of Stanley Park.

The fire has caused the closure of Entiako Provincial Park.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued an Evacuation Alert for residents of Slocan Park and Crescent Valley due to a wildfire. The area covers from 2826 on Highway 6 to 3024 on Highway 6.

Due to the efforts of firefighters in the region the situation improved greatly on Monday and the fire has now moved up the mountain.

A campfire ban remains in effect for much of the province and officials are once again reminding campers to be careful.

There have been 973 fires in B.C. since April 1.

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