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'All hands on deck': Parts of Glenrosa evacuating due to Mount Law wildfire

Glenrosa alerts, orders grow

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UPDATE 1:20 a.m.

This is the final update of the night on the Mount Law wildfire.

Crews from across the region will be battling the flames and working to protect homes overnight.

The next update on this fire will be on Castanet at 6:30 a.m.

Should there be any changes to evacuation orders or alerts prior to that time, they will be posted on the Central Okanagan Regional District's emergency operations page here.


UPDATE 12:45 a.m.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says the Mount Law wildfire is still a “dynamic and evolving situation.”

Additional evacuation alerts have now been issued for 60 properties, including some within Peachland and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO) as follows:

  • 4305 to 4495 Maxwell Road
  • 5039 to 5051 Trepanier Court
  • 4965 to 4975 Venner Court
  • 4715 to 5078 Paradise Valley Drive
  • 4414 to 4690 Trepanier Road
  • 4995 Trepanier Road
  • 4850 to 5090 MacKinnon Road

All previous evacuation orders and alerts remain in place.


UPDATE 11:45 p.m.

Trees are candling as the Mount Law wildfire slowly makes its way down the hill above Glenrosa.

Despite the cooler temperatures that came with nightfall, the fire is still burning very hot, as seen on a Castanet live stream.

Municipal fire crews from across the Okanagan Valley are now in West Kelowna to support the fire fight.


UPDATE 11:10 p.m.

Evacuation alerts have been expanded beyond the Glenrosa area due to the Mount Law wildfire.

Additional alerts have now been issued for 226 properties in the area west of Glen Canyon and Goats Peak, inclusive of 3801 Gellatly Road south (north end) to 300 Seclusion Bay Rd (south end), bringing the total on Evacuation Alert to approximately 1,900.

The evacuation order for approximately 460 properties put in place earlier Sunday evening includes all properties east of Gates Rd. to Glenrosa Rd. Residents on evacuation order should leave their properties immediately.

All other properties in the Glenrosa neighbourhood remain on evacuation alert. A map of impacted areas is here.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has relocated its Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre for the Mount Law wildfire to Mount Boucherie Secondary, 2751 Cameron Road.

Evacuees will need to check in there to receive support.


UPDATE 10:45 p.m.

The Mount Law wildfire, looming over Glenrosa, is now estimated at 200 hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire falls under the jurisdiction of West Kelowna Fire Rescue, but they are supporting with 11 wildland firefighters and multiple pieces of heavy equipment.

In a post to Facebook, West Kelowna Fire Rescue said they are “all hands on deck.”

Municipal fire crews are patrolling and extinguishing spot fires from embers, and working alongside provincial firefighters and police in “helping with evacuations and doing structure protection.”

"We understand people want to see what’s happening with the fire, just PLEASE stay clear of being too close to the area so people can get evacuated safely and police, forestry and West Kelowna firefighters can do their job," the fire department continued.


UPDATE 9:50 p.m.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has expanded evacuation orders related to the Mount Law wildfire.

The fire has now crested the hill above Glenrosa, making flames highly visible to the valley below.

“Additional equipment and firefighters are assisting from throughout the Central Okanagan,” said CORD

The evacuation order has been expanded to include all properties east of Gates Rd. to Glenrosa Rd. Residents on Evacuation Order should leave their properties immediately.

All other properties in the Glenrosa neighbourhood remain on evacuation alert. An interactive map of the impacted areas is here.

Winds at the Kelowna Airport are currently SW 28 km/h, gusting 41 km/h.


UDPATE 9:15 p.m.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has now issued an evacuation alert for the entire Glenrosa neighbourhood due to the Mount Law wildfire.

“Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents,” the regional district said.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and RCMP are assisting with missing evacuation orders to homes closer to the wildfire. Those residents are being asked to leave immediately.

An interactive map of the impacted evacuation order and alert areas is here.


UPDATE 9:10 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Mount Law wildfire is now 40 hectares in size, and growing, due to winds.

Ground crews, air support and assistance from the West Kelowna Fire Department are on scene.

RCMP and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue are issuing evacuations in Upper Glenrosa.


UPDATE 8:20 p.m.

An evacuation order has been issued for parts of Upper Glenrosa due to the Mount Law wildfire.

Residents under evacuation order should leave their properties immediately. The City of West Kelowna has also issued a local state of emergency.

A full list of addresses on evacuation order is here:

  • 4713 MacKinnon Road
  • 5000 Glenrosa Road (Bull Mountain Resort – formerly Crystal Mountain Resort)
  • 4425 Glenrosa Road (Telemark Nordic Club)
  • 3237 to 3530 Carre Road
  • 3237 to 3512 Corine Road
  • 3372 to 3725 Emerald Road
  • 3496 Fenton Road
  • 3318 to 3475 Gill Road
  • 3280 to 3802 Glenrosa Road
  • 3301 to 3583 McKellar Road
  • 3230 to 3525 Preston Road
  • 3325 to 3770 Turnbull Road

A detailed map is available showing affected properties at cordemergency.ca.

“Due to aggressive fire activity and wind conditions, it is anticipated that additional properties may be placed on evacuation order and/or alert later this Sunday evening,” the Central Okanagan Regional District said.

An Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre for evacuated residents specific to the Mt. Law wildfire has been set up at Jim Lind Arena located at 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna.

Evacuees will still need to visit the ESS Reception Centre in order to receive the appropriate supplier forms as specific paperwork is required in order to access these services. ESS volunteers are available, as needed, to help affected Central Okanagan residents. Residents that are evacuated from their homes must report to the reception centre to receive any assistance and lodging.


UPDATE 7:50 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service has named the fire burning above Highway 97C and Peachland the Mount Law wildfire.

Five air tankers and helicopters are hitting the fire from the air constantly.

The Central Okanagan Regional District says it will be releasing info soon.


UPDATE 7:15 p.m.

At least four water tankers are hitting the wildfire burning above Peachland and the Okanagan Connector.

Helicopters are also bucketing the blaze.

The BC Wildfire Service says hot and dry weather, along with high winds hitting the region, are creating challenges for initial attack crews.

Trees at the fire above Highway 97C and candling and the fire is growing.


UPDATE 6:30 p.m.

Castanet reporter Madison Erhardt says the new wildfire start above Peachland is growing quickly.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan says it has activated its emergency operations centre to manage the situation. More information is expected shortly.

BC Wildfire Service air tankers and helicopters are hitting the fire. West Kelowna Fire Rescue is fighting the blaze on the ground.

Castanet will have more information for you as it becomes available.


UPDATE 6:25 p.m.

The fire has closed the left-hand, westbound lane of Hwy 97C.

One lane is shut between Hwy 97 and Brenda Mine Road.

DriveBC also reports limited visibility with smoke in the area and advises drivers to expect delays.


UPDATE 5:55 p.m.

A firefighting helicopter has arrived and has started bucketing the new fire burning above Peachland.


UPDATE 5:35 p.m.

Charlene Mortensen with the BC Wildfire Service says the West Kelowna Fire Department is on scene and BCWS is sending crews. A BCWS unit should be on the scene in the next two hours.


ORIGINAL 5.22 p.m.

A new fire has sparked across from the Peachland visitor centre off the Okanagan Connector.

Heavy smoke and flames are visible.

BC Wildfire is aware and are on the way to the scene.

One caller who passed by said he could see trees candling.

At this time it is unclear what sparked the blaze.

Castanet has a reporter headed to the scene and will have more details as they become available.



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