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Prime Minister Harper making stop at Westside Road wildfire

Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers questions following the Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Harper is making a stop at the Westside Road fire command centre today, July 23, to thank some of the firefighters for their hard work.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

WEST KELOWNA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark will be paying a visit to the command post for the Westside Road wildfire this afternoon.

Harper plans to thank some of the men and women fighting the fire today, July 23, according to a media release.

Premier Clark spoke at the same command post Wednesday, not far from the fire, which has the evacuation of 70 homes.

It's one of 10 evacuation alerts or orders across the province, where more than 250 blazes are burning, 43 of which broke out on Tuesday following a series of lightning storms.

The premier said she is concerned that climate change has altered the terrain, drying out the land and making it more vulnerable to fire. As a result what B.C. is seeing isn't unusual and will happen more often, she said.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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