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Wildfires burning in Graystokes Provincial Park east of Kelowna now listed at 1,400 hectares

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Three hours after estimating the size of three wildfires burning east of Kelowna, BC Wildfire updated its measurements Thursday afternoon.

In an interview with Global News, BC Wildfire said the combined size of the three separate fires is 1,400 hectares — up from 150 hectares in the morning.

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All three — Hilda Creek, Long Loch (300) and Derickson Lake (100) — were discovered Tuesday and were initially small before exploding in size on Wednesday.

At one point, BC Wildfire pegged the Long Loch and Derickson Lake wildfires at a combined 400 hectares, but then told media Thursday morning that the fires were around 150 hectares in size.

Then in the afternoon, that was upgraded to a combined 1,400 hectares.

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The Hilda Creek wildfire, the one nearest to Kelowna, is estimated at two hectares. It’s around 24 kilometres directly east of Ellison/Duck Lake.

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Burning six kilometres to the east, and the middle fire of the three, is the Long Loch wildfire, which is currently estimated at 100 hectares.

That wildfire is approximately 40 kilometres east from the shores of Okanagan Lake, and 27 km north of Big White Ski Resort.

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Seven kilometres southeast of that fire is the Derickson Lake wildfire, which is now listed at 1,300 hectares, up from the morning’s updated estimate of 50 hectares. It’s located around 18 km north of Big White, and is also deemed out of control.

BC Wildfire says it will be updating information throughout the day.

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