Some residents affected by Oliver wildfires allowed to return home

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Two fires are raging near the picturesque tourist town of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley. Though residents affected by the 300-hectare Wilson Mountain fire were allowed home Saturday, about 100 homes near the 15-square kilometre Testalinden Creek fire remain under evacuation order.

The Wilson Mountain fire, which officials say has destroyed one structure, is burning one kilometre to the northwest of Oliver and is approximately 317 hectares in size.

While it began to the north of town, it winded its way along the hillside to the west throughout the night, and now threatens hundreds of homes because of winds that have periodically blown to the southeast.

WATCH: Night time footage of wildfires spreading near Oliver, B.C.

An evacuation order is in place for 260 homes on the town’s edge, mostly north of Rockcliffe Road.

The evacuation order in place for the Wilson Mountain fire in Oliver as of 11 p.m. on August 14, 2015.

GALLERY: Photos of the Oliver fire (all pictures courtesy @br_webb/HomoCulture苏州美甲纹绣培训)

A man on a hillside near Oliver uses a hose to fight a fire threatening his home.

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The other fire is to the south of town around Testalinden Creek and the Golden Mile Bench wine area between Oliver and Osoyoos.

The Testalinden fire is 1,566 hectares in size, and 100 homes between Road 16 and Deadman Lake have been evacuated. On Saturday, officials confirmed the wildfire destroyed two structures.

Many wineries are also in the area, and there are fears some may be badly damaged due to fires.

Both fires are zero per cent contained, and were burning at Rank 5 – the second highest measurement available – for much of the evening.

Helicopters dumped water on the fires much of Saturday while aircraft dropped fire retardant.

Highway 3 reopened Saturday night.

#Hwy3 Reopened 14km east of #Osoyoos to #Midway. 50 km/hr speed limit. Watch for debris on road. Motorcycles drive carefully.

— Drive BC (@DriveBC) August 16, 2015

Both fires continue to smoulder Saturday with small pockets of flames visible at times on the hillsides. The B.C Wildfire Service has three helicopters and 60 crew members on the scene, and is still being assisted by local crews.

“Both the Wilson Mountain Fire, north of Oliver, and the Testalinden Creek Fire, south of Oliver, pose imminent threat to homes,” said the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in a statement.

Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes said approximately 300 people registered Friday night at an emergency reception centre in town. Upwards of 40 evacuees slept there, while others spent the night in their vehicles or bunked with friends and family.

“There has been no certainty as to when they can get back in their home and that’s probably causing the biggest concern at the moment,” said Hovanes. “People would really like to get into their homes.”

Some people have gone back to their homes even though the evacuation order has not been lifted.

“They’re doing that at their own risk and their own peril,” said Hovanes.

Residents in Oliver have told Global News they believe the fires were started by lightning, and high winds are contributing to their rapid spread.

“When these started, there were really busy. Crazy winds. We had some trees uprooted on our properties, some posts pushed to the ground. Our trampoline ended up in the gully,” said Sandra Oldfield, who lives near the southern fire.

#Testalindacreekfire #OliverBC fire pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/mdg9JMghSS

— John Webster (@johnwebste) August 15, 2015

this is scary! #Oliver #fire pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/H3pvehmUEV

— Sweet Melanie RMT (@sweet_melanie) August 15, 2015

Her home is just north of the Golden Mile Bench area, where there are several wineries. But she says thus far, the winds haven’t pushed the fire from the hillside into the surrounding agricultural lands.

“It looks like a glowing city now. Right now it’s just pockets and pockets of fire.”

Crews with the Oliver Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Centre worked overnight to contain the fire and protect structures in the area.

The blazes add to a worsening wildfire situation in B.C. Oliver is about 40 kilometres northwest of Rock Creek, where hundreds of homes were evacuated Thursday.

That fire has destroyed at least one home and was estimated to be 25 square kilometres on Saturday.

The Regional District Emergency Operations Centre can be contacted at 250-492-0237 or toll free 1-877-610-3737.

Residents are advised to check the RDOS website for updates.

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It’s looking rowdy in Oliver!

A post shared by Joel Feddersen (@joelfedd) on Aug 14, 2015 at 7:57pm PDT

North in #oliver 1/3 pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/OBvbRcUKnj

— Sandra Oldfield (@SandraOldfield) August 15, 2015

@GlobalOkanagan fire southwest of Oliver above road 18 pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/gotzxstOyR

— Janette Van Vianen (@Janettevv) August 15, 2015

#BCWildfire #oliverfire #oliverbc view from Osoyoos, whole mountain ridge appears to be on fire. pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/FzWUyVOCbb

— Mr. (@JamesPutnam) August 15, 2015

Yikes,this is the view about an hour ago from the Elementary school. Too close #OliverBC #BCWildfire @GlobalOkanagan pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/8iCsEn5y8U

— Kimchi (@thekimpaquette) August 15, 2015

#fire @GlobalBC Oliver BC near @terrafina pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/SB47K5To5X

— Jessica Martin (@jessamartin) August 15, 2015

@GlobalOkanagan Oliver fire pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/wvfKdIctGz

— Krista (@damkam9) August 15, 2015

Testalinda fire from other side of valley—not as fierce as this looks. Can’t slow down camera speed #Oliver pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/PDUuk8KZ9E

— Sandra Oldfield (@SandraOldfield) August 15, 2015

This isn’t good pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/qig1OIFGfK

— Church & State Wines (@ChurchStateWine) August 15, 2015

Oliver fire #bcwildfires pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/CcgNzpmCse

— Jim O’Toole (@kiteboardjim) August 15, 2015

Fire near Oliver moving quickly. Scary. pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/SH0ye5Xk2K

— Max Murray (@murm80) August 15, 2015

the #oliver #fire is getting too close to my parents place!! @GlobalOkanagan @CastanetNews @WineCapital pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/mhdaZZlNbB

— Sweet Melanie RMT (@sweet_melanie) August 15, 2015

Forest fire east of Oliver. Heavy winds. #bcstorm @GlobalOkanagan @GlobalBC pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/YroW3qBerd

— Janette Van Vianen (@Janettevv) August 15, 2015

#fire #oliver @GlobalOkanagan pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/PJRgWJFZzq

— Heather (@Heatherf0413) August 15, 2015

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