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The threat of a lengthy power outage had West Kelowna residents scrambling to stock up on Friday.

Employees at a number of gas stations and grocery stores on the Westside report long line-ups most of the day Friday.

People began stocking up on fuel, propane, ice and water.

Reports earlier in the day Friday indicated the Smith Creek fire moved precariously close to the main power line which feeds power to about 60,000 people in West Kelowna, WFN, Peachland and rural areas.

People were told power could be cut off for as long as 72 hours.

A news release sent out earlier Friday from the Emergency Operations Centre stated:

"Westside residents are asked to be prepared for possible power outages as a result of the Smith Creek Fire. You and your family should be prepared for at least 72 hours without power or basic services such as clean water. Basic essential items include non-perishable food for all family members, 2 litres of water per person per day, flashlights, batteries, cash, medications or other special needs items, first aid kit and emergency contact information, passports and identification."

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