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Fire closes Westside Road

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.

RCMP have set up roadblocks for all traffic on Westside Road, south of Lake Okanagan Resort and just south of Dennison Road, according to Central Okanagan Emergency Operations 

Residents are still able to access Dennison Road.

Motorists heading south on Westside Road are being stopped just south of La Casa Resort to determine their residency.

A wildfire in the Cinnabar Creek area of the Westside has prompted closure of a portion of Westside Road.

According to DriveBC, Westside Road is closed from Bear Creek Main to Fintry to allow both ground and air crews unfettered access to the blaze.

The BC Wildfire Management Branch is also asking boaters to stay away from the area for the safety of both boaters and crews working the fire.

The province has sent nine aircraft to assist in fighting the fire, including four skimmers, which use Okanagan Lake to reload their water tanks.

The fire, which broke out at about 3 p.m. this afternoon, has resulted in an evacuation alert being issued for Camp Owaissi, Lake Okanagan Resort and Camp Mewata along Westside Road.

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