Echoes of 2003 wildfire

UPDATE: 11:30 p.m.

Residents at the southern end of Lakeshore Road are nervously keeping an eye to the south Wednesday evening, as the Good Creek wildfire continues to grow. 

Several homes, from 6006 to 8888 Lakeshore Road, were placed on evacuation alert Wednesday evening, and two RCMP officers called homes and knocked on doors to alert residents they were under an alert.

Some residents drove to the south end of Lakeshore Road, looking to see if they should be worried. While smoke hung in the air, painting the moon orange, no flames were visible.

The wildfire was one of 22 that began during a lightning storm in the Kamloops Fire Centre Tuesday night. What began as a small spot fire nowhere near any homes has quickly grown in size, as strong winds push it north. The winds have continued well into the evening. 

BC Wildfire Service helicopters and airtankers largely focused their efforts on the several fires across the lake, near Peachland and West Kelowna Wednesday. 

The situation echoes that of the infamous 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Wildfire. A small fire was started by lightning on Aug. 16, 2003 and largely ignored at first, but quickly grew. It eventually burned more than 240 homes in the Upper Mission area before it was fully contained more than a month later. 

ORIGINAL: 9:35 p.m.

An evacuation alert has been ordered by the Emergency Operations Centre after a wildfire in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park has spread after being left untended for almost 24 hours..

All properties on the south end of Lakeshore Road, located within the Regional District of Central Okanagan are under the alert.

The wildfire, called Good Creek wildfire has grown to 200 hectares on Wednesday and was sparked Tuesday night by lightning.

The properties include:

  • 6006 to 8888 Lakeshore Road.

All residents in this area should be prepared to leave on short notice should conditions change.

“Residents in the affected area should be prepared to be away from their homes for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents,” said Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

No structures are in immediate threat at this time and new information will be released as the situation evolves.

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