Driving through flames

An Okanagan Centre couple who had to drive past flames on both sides of the road described their terror during the initial evacuation from a wildfire.

"We could see smoke coming up the bank," said Lee Hicks, a resident of Nighthawk Road where some homes have been damaged or destroyed by the fire that began Saturday afternoon.

"I ran in to phone 911 and got through to the fire hall," said Mandy Hicks. "They said there was somebody on it, they said it was down at Okanagan Centre Road and I said 'no it is up at Nighthawk' and they just said 'get out' and so we grabbed a few things and ran.

"When we left, the fire had already jumped some of the homes on Nighthawk. We had to drive down Nighthawk with flames on both sides of the road."

Their neighbours could not get through the road by the time they left and had to cut through a driveway that had a gate to the road on the other end.

The good news for them is that part of Nighthawk is believed to have been saved from fire, the Hicks were told Sunday. 

"We're at the very north end of Nighthawk...The fire was driven south by the wind last night so it's the houses a little south of us and that's where the fire was when we drove through."

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