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Suspected human-caused forest fire northwest of Merritt

A 20-hectare wildfire is currently burning northwest of Merritt, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

The fire started on May 3 and is suspected to be of human origin.

It is about three miles from Merritt, just north of Shulus and off Highway 97C.

There are currently no notable wildfires in the province, but there are 12 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

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Former Okanagan evacuees hail expansion of BC’s Alert Ready system

The provincial government of British Columbia announced Tuesday that local governments will have access to the Alert Ready system in the event of floods and fires.

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Crews battle a small fire near Clearwater, British Columbia

Crews battle a small fire near Clearwater, British Columbia

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The Alert Ready technology, which sends notifications to cell phones, radio and television, was previously only set up for use in British Columbia during tsunamis, police incidents and Amber Alerts.

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The expansion of floods and fires comes after the province was questioned during last year’s disasters as to why the use of mobile notifications was so limited.

The province says the Alert Ready system is currently ready for flood notifications and will be ready to provide fire alerts in early June.

— with files by Megan Turcato

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