RDCO ends state of local emergency for White Rock Lake fire; continued smoke nothing to worry about, says wildfire service

State of emergency ends

UPDATE 2:10 p.m.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has ended one of the longest states of local emergency in its history.

The remaining evacuation alerts for the White Rock Lake wildfire have been rescinded and RDCO has cancelled the state of local emergency first issued July 30, 2021.

The only similar order that lasted longer was in effect during the flood response and recovery in 2017.

The final evacuation alerts ended for 1,316 properties on Bouleau Lake Road and in Estamont, Ewings Landing, Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates.

“Our hearts go out to the North Westside communities as they begin the road to recovery from the longest wildfire-related evacuation in our regional district’s history,” says Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Gail Given.

“We know what a trying and emotional summer this has been for property owners, and we will work with them and the various service providers, provincial ministries, utilities and other agencies in the days and weeks ahead to restore the community.”

“The people in this area are amazing and they have again showed me how resilient they are as we first faced a frightening threat, and now face a long recovery,” said Wayne Carson, director with the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “It has been a very difficult summer, but I know we will rebuild, because I know my friends and neighbours. We’ll get through this together.”

RDCO has also rescinded a Water Qualify Advisory for Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water system, but an advisory remains in place for customers of the Westshore Estates water system.

A do-not-consume notice is still in place for approximately 295 customers connected to the Killiney Beach water system. A self-serve water filling station has been set up at the corner of Westside and Firwood Roads.

UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has rescinded another evacuation alert in relation to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Residents in Electoral Areas L and M in the Westwold area have been given the all clear.

"The threat of wildfire in the area no longer poses an imminent risk to the safety of residents for any properties within the boundary identified on the attached map," the TNRD says.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has rescinded evacuation alerts related to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

The CSRD gave the all clear Tuesday to properties previously on alert in Cedar Hill (Sweetsbridge), including all addresses south of Highway 97 from 5157 Highway 97 east to the Okanagan Indian Band reserve, as well as the area around Pinaus Lake.

Meanwhile, the BC Wildfire Service says smoke will be visible within the fire perimeter for several weeks.

"Crews are actively seeking out visible smokes and working off of scan maps to find hotspots," BCWS said in a Tuesday morning update.

"Although smoke may be visible, at this time there is no threat of further spread. Smoking stumps and roots within the fire perimeter pose no risk of fire spread."

Resources assigned to the fire have been considerably reduced. They include: 85 wildland firefighters, five helicopters, four danger tree assessors/fallers, 16 pieces of heavy equipment, an incident management team and air support as needed.

ORIGINAL: 6:30 a.m.

The White Rock Lake wildfire is now classified as under control.

In a Monday evening update, the BC Wildfire Service says the fire has received sufficient suppression action to ensure no further spread.

Since its start, the massive fire burned a total of 83,342 hectares.

Residents who had been evacuated along the North Westside returned home over the long weekend.

An area restriction remains in effect, and no hunting or backcountry access is permitted within the fire area.
Extreme dangers remain within the fire perimeter, including ash pits, falling trees, falling rocks, unstable slopes, etc.

Conservations officers continue to patrol, and fines will be given out to anyone found accessing the area.

Most of the fire is now in patrol status.

On the west flank, hotspotting and mop up continues.

On the east flank, crews continue to action hotspots. Complete extinguishment along the Fintry guard is expected by Sept. 14. Mop up continues along Bear Road.

On the northeast flank, south of Glenemma, complete mop up of the Irish Creek excursion is expected today. Control lines at Ewer Creek are being monitored.

On the north flank, all scanned hotspots north of Highway 97 and in the western perimeter south of Highway 97 are expected to be extinguished today. Crews continue to action hotpots in Paxton Valley.

Aerial resources continue to monitor the south flank.

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