Esperon Lake wildfire (Photo - @BCGovFireInfo/Twitter)

Esperon Lake wildfire (Photo - @BCGovFireInfo/Twitter)

UPDATE: Esperon Lake wildfire quadruples in size

The Esperon Lake wildfire started on Wednesday, Oct. 19

UPDATE 10/20 1 p.m.

The Esperon Lake wildfire has grown to 21 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire dashboard.

Additionally, the McDougall Creek wildfire is now known as the Hayman Creek wildfire. It has not grown in size.

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We’re over halfway through October and because of the weather, it’s still wildfire season in the Okanagan.

Two new fires have started north of West Kelowna.

Esperon Lake, about 26 kilometres northwest of West Kelowna is the bigger of the two fires as it currently sits at five hectares. This fire is currently at rank three, meaning it’s spreading at a moderate rate. Four firefighters along with a wildfire officer and helicopter are attacking the blaze.

Closer to town, a new wildfire has started at McDougall Creek, different from the wildfire that started in the same area on Tuesday, Oct. 11. It is an estimated 1.1 hectares in size.

Both fires started on Oct. 19 and are person-caused, according to BC Wildfire. The cooler weather and lack of wind are expected to calm the new blazes.

There are currently 204 active wildfires in the province.

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