Sept. 10, 2012, Peachland, B.C. - Emergency officials were waiting for first light to conduct helicopter surveys of a forest fire that burned overnight in British Columbia's Okanagan, forcing 1,500 from their homes.
September 10, 2012 By The Canadian Press
Hundreds more residents of Peachland, southwest of Kelowna, were put on alert Sunday when brisk winds whipped up the blaze to cover about two square kilometres.
Mayor Keith Fielding says four homes were believed to be burning but no one was reported injured.
He had been awarding prizes at a fall fair when he learned his own street was being evacuated, and rushed home to help his wife and disabled adult daughter flee.
About 150 fire fighters from the region and province were extinguishing spot fires and monitoring the blaze overnight.
Forecasters were predicting a cold front to move in early this morning, creating unpredictable conditions.
Fresh erratic winds up to 40 kilometres per hour were predicted, but so too was the possibility of light rain, along with lower temperatures around 17 C that might temper the flames.
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