UPDATE 11:50 p.m.
The City of Kelowna has issued an evacuation alert for the Glenmore Highlands area.
“This evacuation alert is being issued proactively as the Emergency Operations Centre continues its pre-planning work overnight,” said the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre, which noted residents can expect further updates Aug. 19 or as conditions change.
This evacuation alert includes properties on the following streets (map here):
- ACADEMY WAY (455-990)
- ACADIA STREET
- AIRPORT WAY (5505-5507)
- BRENDA ROAD
- CARLETON STREET
- CIRCUIT ROAD
- CONCORDIA STREET
- CURTIS ROAD (995-1019)
- DRY VALLEY ROAD
- FLEET AVENUE
- FLEET COURT
- GALE ROAD
- GALIANO ROAD
- GLENMORE ROAD (3545-4281)
- GLENMORE ROAD N (915-1171)
- GRANDVIEW ROAD
- HIGHWAY 97 N (4690-8070)
- INNOVATION DRIVE (1210-1720)
- JOHN HINDLE DRIVE (2335-3130)
- KEL MAC COURT
- KINGSWOOD TERRACE
- MATRIX CRESCENT
- MCKINLEY ROAD (2248 only)
- NEWMAN ROAD
- OPTIC COURT
- PACKINGHOUSE ROAD
- PIER MAC WAY
- SCENIC ROAD (2115-2400)
- SHANKS ROAD
- SPECTRUM AVENUE
- SPECTRUM COURT
- UNION ROAD (1952-2048)
- UNIVERSITY WAY (3140-3430)
- VALLEY ROAD N (202-552)
- VELOCITY AVENUE
- VELOCITY STREET
- VINT ROAD
- YORKVILLE STREET
UPDATE 8:40 p.m.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has formalized tactical evacuations that took place Thursday night in the Wilden neighbourhood.
An interactive map of the evacuation zones is here.
Evacuation orders have now been issued to properties off Clifton near Rio Drive east to Upper Canyon including:
- BOPPART CRT
- CLEAR POND CRT
- CLEAR POND PL
- CLIFTON RD (inclusive of properties 109-333)
- CLIFTON RD NORTH (inclusive of properties 109-185)
- ECHO RIDGE DR
- GRAINGER RD
- LEDGE ROCK CRT
- LOST CREEK CRT
- RED ROCK CRT
- RED SKY CRT
- RIALTO DR
- RIO DR (inclusive of properties 1252 to 1285)
- ROCKY POINT DR
- RODONDO PL
- SHEERWATER CRT
- SKY CRT
- SKYLAND DR
- SUMMER WOOD DR
- TERRACE DR
- TRIPLE TREE PL
- UPPER CANYON DR (inclusive of properties 205-306)
- UPPER CANYON DR North (inclusive of properties 109-195)
- WILDEN DR (inclusive of property 2-198)
- WILDEN RIDGE DR
UPDATE 4:25 p.m.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has formalized the prior evacuation of UBC Okanagan and surrounding area.
Members of the RCMP and other agencies are assisting with the evacuation, said the regional district.
UPDATE 3:55 p.m.
The City of Kelowna has issued new evacuation alerts for properties in the Glenmore area west of Glenmore Rd, north of High Rd, Mountain Ave and Royal View Dr; this includes properties in Poplar Point.
An evacuation alert requires residents in these properties to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Be prepared with supplies to be able to sustain for 72 hours.
An updated evacuation alert and order map is here.
A full list of addresses added to the new evacuation alert is here.
UPDATE 3:15 p.m.
While a fire burns at the Kelowna landfill, FortisBC is not concerned about a gas line that feeds the landfill.
While a staff member at the landfill told Castanet earlier Friday they were concerned about the gas line, Nicole Brown with FortisBC says they are not concerned about it. She also clarified the gas line is a service line, not a main.
"We also have plans in place to turn off sections of our system as needed should this or other lines become a concern," Brown said.
UPDATE 1:55 p.m.
Further evacuation orders have been issued for the Glenmore Highlands area, west of Glenmore Road, due to the wildfire burning in the area.
The latest evacuation order now covers all homes west of Glenmore Road, between Union Road and John Hindle Drive.
Roads included in the latest order include Upper Canyon Drive N, Forest Edge Place, Forest Edge Drive, Tucker Court, Terrace Hill Court and Terrace Hill Place.
Many of the areas that may not necessarily be under the evacuation orders, including parts of Wilden, have already been tactically evacuated by RCMP officers going door to door.
A map of evacuation orders and alerts across the Central Okanagan can be found here.
UPDATE 1 p.m.
The Kelowna landfill is now on fire, while UBC Okanagan and Quail Ridge are evacuating.
An employee of the landfill told Castanet that flames swept in quickly Friday and the fire is moving in the direction of Quail Ridge.
The fast-moving flames have prompted an evacuation of the landfill, the employee said. He said he had tried to fight the flames as best he could before being forced to flee.
As a result of the nearby fire, UBC Okanagan has sent an alert out advising people to evacuate the campus. Additionally, the Emergency Operations Centre has expanded its evacuation order to the Quail Ridge area.
A detailed map of all evacuations can be found here.
The landfill employee said the landfill has a large amount of organic waste stored there, which he said will go up quickly. There is also a FortisBC gas main that landfill staff are concerned about.
Kelowna city officials confirmed they know about a fire at the landfill but could not give details about its size at this time.
With strong winds fanning the flames in the the area, the employee said the fire at the landfill is growing quickly.
UPDATE 12:35 p.m.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has place more properties under evacuation order in the Glenmore Road area due to wildfires in the Clifton/McKinley areas.
“These properties are being tactically evacuated by emergency responders,” said the regional district. “Residents on evacuation order should leave their properties immediately.”
An interactive map of evacuation zones is here.
Properties added to the latest evacuation order include
All properties west of Glenmore Rd N located north of John Hindle Dr intersection up to McKinley Rd (with specific additions)
- Bennett Rd
- Glenmore Rd
- Glenmore Rd N
- 1570 Glenmore Rd N
- 1580 Glenmore Rd N
- 1700 Glenmore Rd N
- 2-1700 Glenmore Rd N
- 1850 Glenmore Rd N
- 2040 Glenmore Rd N
- 2070 Glenmore Rd N
- 2102 Glenmore Rd N
- 2140 Glenmore Rd N
- 2150 Glenmore Rd N
- 2200 Glenmore Rd N
- 2340 Glenmore Rd N
- 2410 Glenmore Rd N
- 2455 Glenmore Rd N (specific addition)
- 2470 Glenmore Rd N
- 2610 Glenmore Rd N (specific addition)
- 2655 Glenmore Rd N (specific addition)
- McKinley Rd
- 2050 McKinley Rd
- 2175 McKinley Rd
- 2235 McKinley Rd
- 2245 McKinley Rd
- 2248 McKinley Rd (specific addition)
- 2265 McKinley Rd
- 2295 McKinley Rd
- Paly Rd
A reception centre has opened at Prospera Place for evacuees requiring a place to go overnight. Evacuees should register online.
UPDATE 11:10 a.m.
There have been no confirmed structure loss on the Kelowna side of Okanagan Lake after fire ripped through the Clifton Road area overnight.
During a press conference Friday morning, Kelowna Fire Department Fire Chief Travis Whiting said his crews responded quickly to the area Thursday night, when multiple fires were sparked on the east side of Okanagan Lake. The largest of these fires grew up from the Clifton Road area, and has since come over the hill to the east. It's now very visible from Glenmore Road.
Whiting said the firefight went well, and crews were assisted by the topography and the winds. The fire grew largely to the north, towards McKinley Landing, and crews were able to protect homes in the area.
“Our crews are dug in around the McKinley area right now providing structural protection as these winds continue to drive this fire north on us and as the winds start to shift into other areas,” Whiting said.
“So far in Kelowna we have no confirmed structural loss and we are continuing to battle and ensure we protect every home that we can.”
Whiting said the fires sparked on the east side of Okanagan Lake were likely sparked by “spotting” from the McDougall Creek wildfire.
Whiting noted the firefight is far from over, as weather conditions are expected to remain windy and warm.
“We're in the thick of it, this is not over, we're in Day 2 of a fight that's going to go on for the foreseeable future,” Whiting said.
UPDATE 9:45 a.m.
Emergency crews have blocked Glenmore Road at John Hindle Drive Friday morning due to wildfires burning in the immediate vicinity.
The fire was sparked late Thursday night, presumably from falling embers from the McDougall Creek fire on the west side of Okanagan Lake. The blaze quickly spread up away from the lake, prompting evacuations in the Clifton Road area and other surrounding neighbourhoods.
Evacuations have also been issued around Walroy Lake, near Glenmore Road.
The fire came over the hill west of Glenmore Road overnight and is now very visible from the Glenmore area.
This story will continue to contain updates on the fire burning in the north Clifton area.
UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.
Several properties in the Shayler Road area have now been placed on evacuation order due to fires burning in the McKinley and Clifton areas.
New properties included in the order surrounding Hidden Lake and Still Pond include:
- Shayler Road
- Shayler Court
- Shayler Place
Private Lane access of Shayler Crt and Shayler Rd
Evacuees should register online and seek temporary shelter with friends or family.
A reception centre has opened at Prospera Place for evacuees requiring a place to go overnight.
Click here for a complete map of areas placed on evacuation alert or order.
UPDATE: 7:43 a.m.
A third fire is now reported on the east side of Okanagan Lake as embers blow across the water from the massive McDougall Creek fire.
The spot-sized fire is north of Okanagan Centre Road West, in Lake Country.
Two other fires sparked on the east side of the lake overnight, at McKinley Mountain and near Clifton Road.
ORIGINAL: 7:10 a.m.
It's been a long night for firefighters across the Central Okanagan, as multiple fires sparked in north Kelowna Thursday evening, following a day of rapid growth on the McDougall Creek fire on the west side of the lake.
While reports are still unconfirmed, one RCMP officer told Castanet there had been no structure fires on the east side of the lake through the night. The same cannot be said for homes on the west side of the lake though. The winds blew through the night, fanning the flames on both sides of the lake, and those winds are forecast to continue through the day.
While thousands of people were busy watching the massive McDougall Creek fire from the presumed safety of the east side of Okanagan Lake Thursday night, several fires were sparked just before 10 p.m. near Clifton Road and near McKinley Landing. Residents speculated burning embers had been carried across the lake from the McDougall Creek fire.
The fire that sparked below Clifton Road grew quickly up the hill away from the lake, forcing tactical evacuations in the area. At 11:30 p.m., a formal evacuation order was put in place, up to the McKinley Landing area, and at 1 a.m., a further order was made around Walroy Lake, near Glenmore Road.
The fire crested over the hill from Clifton early Friday morning and flames became visible from the Dilworth and Glenmore areas.
Friday morning, the large fire that was sparked near Clifton appears to be burning to the north of the Wilden neighbourhood. It's not clear if the other spot fires that were started elsewhere grew to any significant size.
An overnight evacuation centre was opened at Prospera Place overnight, where evacuees could shelter. Emergency Support Service reception centres are expected to reopen in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon this morning.
Friday morning, RCMP officers are patrolling the area, blocking access to the Wilden and Magic Estates area. It appears that police may be letting residents through to Magic Estates though.
Details on the extent of the fire spread or any possible damage remains unclear at this time. Castanet will be updating this story as more information becomes available.