Forest fire in Cariboo results in loss of buildings and a water bomber

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      The Puntzi Lake wildfire has destroyed several buildings, according to the Cariboo Regional District.

      In a statement, the regional government said it has confirmed the loss of "one resort, two permanent homes, one seasonal home and multiple outbuildings on a total of four properties".

      The property owners have all been notified.

      Puntzi Lake is a popular tourist destination in the Chilcotin area of B.C. 

      In addition, a Fire Boss water bomber was lost while fighting the 1,200-hectare wildfire. The pilot managed to escape and was brought to shore where he didn't appear to have any injuries.

      According to a B.C. government statement, he was taken to a Williams Lake hospital for observation. 

      The plane encountered difficulties scooping water from the lake and ended up sinking.

      Air quality improves in Vancouver

      Meanwhile, favourable wind conditions mean that Lower Mainland residents can breathe a sigh of relief.

      Yesterday, the regional district lifted its air quality advisory, which was issued last Sunday (July 5) as a result of a smoky haze descending over the south coast.

      The shroud, which was laden with particulates, was caused by forest fires raging across the province.

      A similar advisory has been lifted for the east coast of Vancouver Island, the southern Gulf Islands, and Port Alberni.

      Air-quality advisories remain in place in other areas of B.C., including the Sunshine Coast and Sea-to-Sky corridor.