Melissa Hill was vacationing at the popular Nk’Mip Campground and RV Resort in Osoyoos, B.C., with her family when they were awoken in the middle of the night by a security guard advising the family to flee the area due to a fast-moving wildfire, according to Global News.
“Definite panic. We have two kids of our own. We have a friend of my son staying with us, so we have someone else’s child with us, so it was stressful,” Hill told Global News.
Hill said the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, which sprung to life at approximately 4 p.m. and quickly exploded in size near the northeast side of Osoyoos Lake, was highly visible from the community.
“We could see it coming up over the hill and it was huge clouds of smoke, billowing clouds,” she said.
Mike Campol, chief operating officer at the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), said the winds shifted in the middle of the night, pushing the fire east, towards populated areas.
The OIB, in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service and local officials, decided to evacuate approximately 600-700 people from the campground, and several hundred more from the Spirit Ridge Resort, early Tuesday morning.
The wildfire is burning approximately one kilometre (.6 miles) away from the campground and resort, he said.