West Kelowna News
No change to evac. orders
3:25 p.m. update:
An Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire remains in effect for eight privately owned lots in the interface areas immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods, including all properties accessed off Dixie Road.
12 p.m. update:
The Evacuation Order has been lifted for additional residents living near the Smith Creek fire in Tallus Ridge. But an order remains in place for eight large, rural, private properties in the interface areas immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods, including all properties accessed off Dixie Road.
The Smith Creek Fire continues to remain active and residents returning to their homes will remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice.
The public must stay out of fire-affected areas for their own safety and obey all warning and hazards signs. The Evacuation Order area, including parks, trails and public and private lands, remains closed to the public, including Wildhorse Park and Tallus Park.
Residents are asked if they see any fire activity related to the Smith Creek fire, not to call 9-1-1 as crews will still be actively working in the area and monitoring the situation.
An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for the following areas:
The following roads in the Smith Creek Neighbourhood:
· Asquith Road
· Bridal Hill Court
· Bridal Hill Drive
· Copper Ridge Drive
· Copper Ridge Court
· Copper Ridge Place
· Copper Ridge Way
· Doucette Drive
· Harold Road
· Ironridge Place
· Ironridge Road
· Rhinestone Road
· Shetler Drive
· Sandberg Road
· Sageview Road
· Saddleridge Drive
· Sugosa Place
· Salish Road
· Smith Creek Road
· Stone Ridge Drive
· Summerview Place
· Summerview Court
· Telcor Place
· Twin Place
· Whispering Hills Drive
· Wild Horse Drive
The following roads in the Alexandria Neighbourhood:
· Alexandria Way
· Shannon Lake Road
The following roads/properties in the Tallus Ridge Neighbourhood:
· Boulder Lake Boulevard
· Cobblestone Road
· Pebble Place
· Stone Grove Crescent
· Tuscany Drive
· Tallus Ridge Drive (including 2390 Tallus Ridge Drive)
The following roads in the Shannon Woods Neighbourhood:
· Shannon Woods Drive
· Shannon Woods Place
· Shannon Woods Way
· Shannon Woods Cres
· Shannon Hills Drive
· Shannon Hills Place
· Shannon Heights Court
· Shannon Heights Place
· Big Sky Drive
· Mountains Hollow Lane
· Paramount Drive
· Ryser Place
· Tallus Heights Drive
· Tallus Green Crescent
· Tallus Green Place
The Evacuation Order is still in effect for:
· 2850 Dixie Road
· Remainder Part West ½ DL3478,
· Remainder Part East ½ DL3478 & DL3478
· Remainder Part North ½ of W ½ DL3485
· Lot 27 DL 3485 Plan KAP58401
· Lot 1 DL2600 & 3793 Plan KAP84074
· Remainder DL2600 Plan KAP44535
· Remainder DL3793 Plan KAP44535
The Evacuation Alert has been lifted for:
- Bartley Road
- Lenz Road.
The latest information and updated maps of the Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert areas are available at www.cordemergency.ca.
RCMP will be in the area to ensure an orderly re-entry and to enforce road blocks in areas where Evacuation Orders are still in effect. When returning home, be cautious in your neighbourhood and watch out for:
- Charred power poles and trees that may be unstable and fall.
- Live power lines lying on the ground.
- Small fires that may flare up without warning.
- Ash pits, which are holes filled with hot ash created by burned trees.
Interior Health provides useful information for residents returning to their homes. It deals with exposure to smoke from forest fires, food safety, water quality and septic tanks and disposal fields:
BC Wildfire Management Branch says the fire is 260 hectares in size and 60 per cent contained. Fires contained within the fire perimeter will continue to burn and be visible for several weeks.
The Emergency Support Services reception centre at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary School will be closed at 6 p.m., Monday, July 21. The residents remaining on Evacuation Order will be provided Emergency Support Services assistance.
Original Story -- 9:30 a.m.
Approximately 300 people living in just over 130 homes continue to remain under an Evacuation Order in the Tallus Ridge and Smith Creek neighbourhoods. These homes are accessed via Mountains Hollow Lane, and via Dixie Road.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre does not anticipate any further changes or adjustments in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts before noon Monday.
Overnight, fire crews from West Kelowna and the BC Wildfire Management Branch conducted patrols for hot spots and extinguished flare ups. The fire remains active at a size of 260-hectares and is 60 per cent contained. Firefighters are reporting that more favourable weather conditions have helped in fighting the fire.
Another 1,000 homes remain on Evacuation Alert and those residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice if conditions change.
For a list and a map of street names and areas under Evacuation Order and those remaining under Evacuation Alert, please go to www.cordemergency.ca
For those who remain on evacuation orders, the Emergency Support Services reception centre at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary School will be open at 9 a.m. this morning.
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