Firefighters are slowly containing wildfires that threatened Kelowna, B.C., and golf courses in the area have reportedly been undamaged.
“There’s a lot of smoke. We’ve had a lot of our staff and members moved out of their homes for a few days,” said Chris Hinton, head professional at Two Eagles Golf Course and Academy in Westbank, near Kelowna.
“It’s very close to the golf course,” he added. “Definitely, the biggest danger is over with. We’re just hoping that the weather cooperates. If it gets hot or we get some strong winds, it will make everyone nervous.”
Temperatures are expected to soar into the high 30s later this week, but Hinton believes the area is better prepared after its experience with devastating wildfires six years ago.
“They seem to have things under control,” he said. “The fire season is a long one, but the firefights did an amazing job. They learned a lot from the 2003 fires.”