With its lakes, mountains and endless rows of pine trees covered in a thick haze, the town of Kelowna was on edge Sunday as residents either evacuated or prepared to do so.
"We are ready to run," Matt Ekman, 37, told AFP.
He and his wife Shani moved to the city of around 30,000 just 14 months ago. They have since moved in with relatives in town, fearing their home might get caught in the approaching blaze, though it is still standing.
"And it's steadily more optimistic since then. But anything can happen," says Shani, who packed her wedding dress as well as passports and changes of clothes.
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