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Hundreds evacuated

UPDATE: 11:20 p.m.

Residents of approximately 330 homes have been have been evacuated as a result of the Okanagan Centre wildfire.

The fire erupted late Saturday afternoon.

Another 657 properties have been placed on evacuation alert. Those residents should be ready to go at a moments notice in case fire conditions change.

An initial door to door evacuation was done as the fire began in the vicinity of Okanagan Centre Road West and 14th Street. 

Residents that are out of their homes should report to the Emergency Support Services reception centre that is open to assist them at the Kelowna Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue.

People must report to receive any assistance and group lodging.

As many as 10 structures are said to have been impacted by the fire, however, an accurate assessment will be done once the fire has been contained.

The Emergency Operations Centre is supporting Lake Country fire crews on this fire.  Fire crews and equipment from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Ellison, Joe Rich, Armstrong and BX Swan Lake fire departments along with BC Wildfire Service air and ground support.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

  • Avoid the Okanagan Centre Road West, Tyndall Road, Camp Road, and Long Road areas so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties
  • Monitor cordemergency.ca for confirmed information about the situation
  • Please only call 9-1-1 in case of emergency
  • Monitor cordemergency.ca, facebook.com/CORDEmergency or twitter.com/CO_Emerg for confirmed information about the situation

ORIGINAL STORY: 11 p.m.

People asked to leave the growing wildfire in Lake Country are asked to register at the ESS reception centre.

A reception centre has been set up at the Salvation Army Church at Sutherland Avenue and Burtch Road in Kelowna.

Even if you have somewhere to stay with during the evacuation, you are still asked to register so paperwork and benefits can be processed.

The exact number of those on evacuation order and evacuation alert is still being processed.

Several homes are also said to have been lost during the wildfire, estimated now at 30 hectares in size.

Firefighters from throughout the Central Okanagan, along with crews from the BC Wildfire Services are on the scene.

Because the fire is within Lake Country boundaries, the BC Wildfire Service is involved in a support capacity only.



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