Kelowna: Officials in British Columbia on Wednesday said West Kelowna and area residents whose homes were destroyed by wildfire are being contacted to schedule escorted bus visits to see the damage.

A statement from the regional emergency operations centre in Central Okanagan says only those whose properties were completely destroyed or damaged to the point where they can’t be lived in will be invited at this time.

Meantime, in the Shuswap region to the north, the threat of the Bush Creek East blaze has prompted a new evacuation order for 14 properties in the Sorrento area.

The number of wildfires currently burning across British Columbia has gone up, with dozens of new fires sparked by lightning.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said of the 418 blazes burning across the province, 188 are listed as out of control. — Canadian Press

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