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The RDOS expanded the evacuation order for properties on the Osoyoos Indian Band

Nk'Mip evac order expands

Chelsea Powrie

UPDATE: 9:20 p.m.

The evacuation order has been expanded for properties on the Osoyoos Indian Band, residents are advised to leave the area immediately.

A list of the properties affected by the expanded evacuation can be found here.

Those included are reminded to register as an evacuee at the Oliver Royal Canadian Legion 97 at 36217 Main Street, Oliver or online.


UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

Anarchist Mountain residents are reporting the terror of being so close to the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire.

Residents of the Shrike Hill area in particular have told Castanet how close the fire has come to their properties, and that in some cases, it has destroyed structures.

Craig Forsberg is on evacuation order but said he was allowed by authorities Wednesday to drive up into the Anarchist area to check on his property. His house has survived, but others were not so lucky.

"We have lost one house so far. It's right across the street from mine, it was a little older, mobile home, but the guy has been spending a lot of time trying to fireproof the landscape, putting sprinklers everywhere," Forsberg said.

"And it just wasn't enough."

Forsberg shared footage with Castanet of his own property, scorched and missing an auxiliary structure but with the house still standing.

Most properties in the Anarchist Mountain area are now under evacuation order, as of Thursday afternoon. Wildfire activity has been unpredictable and a change in wind can make a huge difference in very little time.

Hundreds of properties in both the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary are under evacuation alert due to the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire.


Casey Richardson

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

AIM Roads has deleted their Tweet indicating that Highway 3 through Anarchist Mountain is closed.

They said the post was made in error as the closure has not been made official, but they do expect road closures to come soon.


UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is providing a live update on the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire situation.

Watch live above at 3 p.m.


UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.

AIM Roads is reporting that Highway 3 is closed on Anarchist Mountain due to the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire.

"Please follow flaggers instructions and drive with care," they wrote on Twitter.

The fire activity on Anarchist Mountain is now highly visible from Oliver, putting up smoke.


Casey Richardson

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

More than 150 properties have been added to the growing list of addresses under evacuation order in the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire area east of Osoyoos Thursday afternoon.

The properties are in Area A of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

Residents must leave immediately due to immediate danger to life safety.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre has been set up in Oliver at the Legion Hall for evacuees needing support.

Find the full list of affected properties here.


UPDATE: 12:35 p.m.

The Nk'Mip Creek wildfire is still estimated officially at 2,000 hectares, but BC Wildfire Service says they know it has grown and just do not have accurate mapping yet.

"It's still is heavy smoke in the area. We know the fire did grow yesterday but we don't know how much it grew due to smoke in the area," fire information officer Noelle Kekula said Thursday morning.

"We've got ground support being both personnel and heavy equipment, And then air support, as required with helicopters and, if required, the tankers and skimmers."

Kekula could not confirm whether visible fire activity close to Spirit Ridge Resort Thursday was due to a controlled burn, but said small burns throughout the day in favourable conditions are a very common tactic for their fire crews to further strengthen fire lines, getting rid of potential fuel.

An incident management team has been set up specifically for the Nk'Mip Creek fire.

Crews witnessed increased fire behaviour through the evening and overnight after strong winds in the area.

On Thursday, 14 fire fighters and three helicopters are working in areas closest to homes.

Objectives include helicopters working to bucket water and heavy equipment continuing work on a machine guard on the eastern flank of the fire.


UPDATE: 11:42 a.m.

Castanet's Casey Richardson is live on scene with a look at the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire.


ORIGINAL: 10:15 a.m.

The Nk'Mip Creek wildfire was very visibly active overnight from the Town of Osoyoos and surrounding areas.

Many were concerned to see the bright flames appearing to advance down the mountainside toward the Spirit Ridge Resort and Nk'Mip Campground area, which were previously evacuated.

Kelly Oram shared some photos with Castanet as viewed from the Safari Beach Resort over the past few days.

"We saw the first puff of smoke and and went 'Wow, that's, that's something new.' And then next thing you knew, it just it grew. We've been watching it for days," Oram said.

"It's sad, it's scary, you hope that no houses are going to get hit or affected like it did years ago. But it's disheartening. You know, you're not even halfway through the summer and fires everywhere."

Oram said that overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning the flames appeared to move down the mountain.

"You could see the emergency vehicles from afar, setting up at the ends of each road towards that area," he said.

Social media users shared videos of fire crews from local fire departments arriving in the middle of the night.

Castanet's Casey Richardson is heading to the scene to provide a live look at the fire Thursday morning.

BC Wildfire Service has yet to provide an update on the fire Thursday, but it is still listed as out of control and at 2,000 hectares. A representative from BCWS said Wednesday that mapping the fire has been difficult due to heavy smoke.

More to come throughout the day.



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