B.C. wildfire continues burning out of control near major transmission line serving West Kelowna and Peachland

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      There are approximately 300 wildfires burning across British Columbia, with 29.3 percent of them being characterized as "out of control".

      One of the fires that's creating a great deal of concern is at Brenda Creek south of the Okanagan Connector.

      While it's only 480 hectares in size—slightly larger than Vancouver's Stanley Park—it's not far from the single transmission line serving tens of thousands of residents of West Kelowna and Peachland.

      West Kelowna mayor Gord Milsom has told Global News that B.C. Hydro needs to fast-track approval of a backup transmission line.

      The Brenda Creek blaze is classified as "out of control" and has resulted in an evacuation order for 43 properties in Electoral Area H.

      Another serious blaze is the Tremont Creek wildfire, which is 8.5 kilometres southeast of Ashcroft. It was about 5,000 hectares as of last evening and is also out of control.

      The Oregon Jack Creek Indian Band has issued an evacuation order. Evacuation alerts are in effect for the Ashcroft Indian Band and the Village of Ashcroft.