UPDATE 11:30 A.M.
The Apex Mountain fire is very aggressive and moving quick, now over 313 hectares in size.
“Currently 22 firefighters are on the ground and we had 15 firefighters overnight working the south end of the fire,” explains Fire Information Officer Melissa Klassen.
There are currently four helicopters working on the fire and it is zero per cent contained.
Ground crews were brought back in last night after being removed for safety reasons, but may be removed again if fire activity grows as temperatures increase throughout the day.
The evacuation alert (below) remains in effect for 13 properties in the area.
We will have more details as the become available.
An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) as a result of a wildfire on Apex Mountain.
Due to an interface fire and because of the potential danger to life and health, the RDOS has issued an Evacuation Alert for the following areas:
- 146, 108, 22, 26, 18, 20 Apex Mountain Road
- 1992, 1940, 1918, 1995, 1925, 1907 and Burlington Ranch (Lot 5,Plan KAP70897 DL 1799 SDYD) on Green Mountain Road .
An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary.
Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
In the event of an evacuation use Green Mountain Road as directed either to Highway 3 or towards Penticton. A registration / reception center for you to report to will be identified and announced at that time.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for a potential evacuation order by:
- Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
- Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.
- Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
- Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
- Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.
- Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.
Further information will be issued should the situation change.