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Evacuation orders, alerts expand in West Kelowna due to McDougall Creek fire

Evac alerts, orders continue

UPDATE 12:25 a.m.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has issued evacuation alerts for the Shannon Lake Area and Smith Creek Agricultural Area to Powers Creek (Glen Canyon) and the North Glenrosa neighbourhood.

Alerts have also been issued for the West Kelowna Business Park in the Stevens Road area north of Highway 97 from Marshall Road to Daimler Drive. This includes all properties accessed off Marshall Road.

Castanet has received reports that police were enforcing evacuation orders in some of these areas earlier Friday night (see 11 p.m. update below). In any event, residents should always defer to first responders at the scene.

“This evacuation alert is being issued proactively as the Emergency Operation Centre continues its pre-planning work overnight,” said Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, which noted updated should be expected on Aug 19.

A full list of impacted addresses from the two most recent alerts are here and here.

An interactive map of the evacuation zones is here.


UPDATE 11:40 p.m.

The Westbank First Nation has downgraded a portion of its evacuation order that it issued earlier Friday night to an evacuation alert.

The areas that are now on an evacuation alert are:

  • All properties located on Westbank First Nation IR#9 North of Highway 97 between Daimler Drive and Grizzly Road
  • All properties located on Westbank First Nation IR#9 North of Old Okanagan Highway between Grizzly Road and Shannon Lake Road
  • Specific additions include: 3206, 3210, 3230, 3270 Shannon Lake Road

All other evacuation orders and alerts remain in place. Map here.


UPDATE 11:20 p.m.

The City of West Kelowna has issued an evacuation alert for the West Kelowna Business Park/Boucherie Industrial Area north of Highway 97 from Marshall Road to Daimler Drive.

This includes all properties accessed off Marshall Road.

“This evacuation alert is being issued proactively as the emergency operation centre continues its pre-planning work overnight,” said the regional district, which noted further updates will be issued Aug. 19 or as conditions change.

An interactive map of evacuation zones is here.

Residents under evacuation alert must be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice, 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.

All other evacuation orders and alerts remain in place. Roads are closed within evacuation order areas.

Unless you are evacuated or require emergency or essential travel, please stay off roads to keep them clear for evacuated residents and first responders.


UPDATE 11 p.m.

Shannon Lake neighbourhood residents report police are enforcing an evacuation zone in the area that was previously reported by Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, but later retracted online.

Earlier Friday night, CORD updated its evacuation zone map to include more homes—including the home of the reporter writing this update—south of Shannon Lake.

When the map was later reverted, an emergency operations centre spokesperson said their evacuation zone map is "fluid" and changing often in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service.

Castanet has received reports that residents who tried to return home to Shannon Lake neighbourhoods were told to leave by police and that the evacuation order in in place.

At this stage, the emergency operations centre has not issued a formal evacuation notice for the additional neighbourhoods. They are, however, displayed by Emergency Management BC's map which is traditionally slower to update that local jurisdictions.

If a peace officer asks you to leave your home, or not enter an area, follow the instructions of the first responder you are dealing with regardless of what the emergency operations centre has posted.

Tactical evacuations have been taking place frequently throughout the region throughout the past two days. In some cases it has taken more than 12 hours for tactical evacuation orders delivered in person by police to be formalized online by the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.


UPDATE 9:25 p.m.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has now issued a formal evacuation order for West Kelowna’s Smith Creek neighbourhood.

“When evacuating, follow directions from emergency personnel as public safety and the protection of critical infrastructure are the primary concerns,” said the regional district.

The order excludes 3184 Shetler Drive.

Evacuees should register online and can then attend the information centre at Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna.

An interactive map of evacuation zones is here.


UPDATE 8 p.m.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has again adjusted the boundaries of evacuation zones in West Kelowna.

After initially ordering the evacuation of larger parts of Shannon Lake and Smith Creek, the evacuation zone boundary has been reverted back to previous locations.

The emergency operations centre says its interactive evacuation map is very “fluid” and is constantly being updated in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service. An EOC spokesperson said adjustments are currently being made to evacuation orders and alert zones in West Kelowna.

Residents should stay tuned to the evacuation map, where they can also insert their addresses to be informed of their property's status.

Due to the volume of evacuations alert and orders taking place, the map has been getting updated between an hour or two before news releases are issued.


UPDATE 6:50 p.m.

Evacuation orders have expanded to more parts of West Kelowna due to the McDougall Creek wildfire.

More parts of the Shannon Lake neighbourhood as well as Smith Creek are now being ordered to evacuate.

Everything north of Highway 97 from the bridge to Grizzly Road is also included.

The formal notice has not been issued yet, but new evacuation zones have been added to the regional district’s map.

The emergency operations centre says their map is the first thing to be updated, with news releases coming second.

The map has also now been altered to remove parts of Glenrosa from the evacuation alert area.

Evacuees should register online or attend the Information Centre at the following locations:

  • Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna
  • Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street in Kelowna
  • Kal Tire Place, 3445 43rd Avenue in Vernon
  • WFN residents, Sensisyusten Gym at 1920 Quail Lane.

UPDATE: 5:37 p.m.

Several properties on Westbank First Nation have been placed on evacuation alert.

The following propertied on IR #10 have been placed on evacuation alert:

  • ABEL PL
  • ESSEN RD
  • ABEL ST
  • HIGHWAY 97
  • ALEXANDER PL
  • HIGHWAY 97 S
  • BAYVIEW CRT
  • MANUEL RD
  • CAMPBELL PL
  • MICHELLE CRES
  • CAMPBELL RD
  • SNEENA RD
  • DERRICKSON PL
  • TOMAT AVE

Residents under evacuation alert must be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice, 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.

IR#10 resisents on alert can register in advance at https://ess.gov.bc.ca.

Residents can refer to the interactive map on cordemergency.ca to search by street address to determine if they are in the alert or order area.

For more information, contact the information line at 250-469-8490 (local) or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).


UPDATE 4:55 p.m.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says properties on Westbank First Nation IR#10 have been placed on evacuation order.

This includes all properties on that reserve north of the highway, according to the regional district’s evacuation map.

“It’s critical that all residents evacuate for their safety and the safety of first responders in the area,” said the regional district.

Impacted streets include:

  • BEACH VIEW LANE
  • LINDLEY DR
  • BEAR CREEK RD
  • LINDLEY RD
  • BROOKSIDE PL
  • MARINA WAY
  • CAWSTON AVE
  • MARINA WAY E
  • CREST RIDGE LANE
  • NANCEE WAY
  • FERRY WHARF RD
  • NANCEE WAY CRT
  • HARBOUR GREEN RD
  • OKANAGAN LAKE
  • HARBOUR POINTE LANE
  • OLD FERRY WHARF RD
  • HARBOUR VIEW BLVD
  • ROSIE DR
  • HARBOUR VIEW CRES
  • SOOKINCHUTE CRT
  • HIGHWAY 97
  • SPLAND RD
  • HIGHWAY 97 S
  • VIEWPOINT CRES
  • HIGHWAY 97 S
  • VIEWPOINT DR
  • HORIZON DR
  • WATERS EDGE LANE
  • KATHERINE RD
  • WESTSIDE RD
  • LAKE BREEZE RD
  • WESTSIDE RD S
  • LAKE VISTA DR
  • LAKE VISTA RD


UPDATE 4:40 p.m.

Live video is showing more homes burning in the area north the Westside Road and Highway 97 interchange.

The homes that are burning appear to be on the hillside above Westside Road.


UPDATE: 4:32 p.m.

Air support continues to tackle the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna.

The wind has shifted southwest, and the fire has quickly spread to homes in the area north of Highway 97 near Westside Rd.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund spoke earlier today on his fear of embers sparking new fires in the area.

There is speculation that an ember from the McDougall Creek wildfire travelled across the lake and started the additional wildfires in Kelowna's Clifton Rd. area, as well as Lake Country.

Environment Canada says winds are expected to reach up to 50 kilometres per hour tonight.


UPDATE 4:05 p.m.

Additional West Kelowna neighbourhoods have been added to the Central Okanagan evacuation alert map.

Parts of Glenrosa are now on alert, in addition to Casa Loma, the Tomat Avenue neighbourhood and larger parts of Smith Creek and the Dominion Road area.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has not issued a formal release yet, but the interactive evacuation map is here. Those on alert should pack their bags and prepare to leave on no notice.


UDPATE 3:45 p.m.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations has updated it evacuation order map to include more areas of West Kelowna previously on alert.

The emergency operations centre has not issued a formal notice yet, but the map indicates the Shannon Lake neighbourhood north of Shannon Lake Road and Shannon Lake itself is being evacuated.

Firefighting helicopters are bucketing in Shannon Lake and the fire has crested the mountain ridge over the community.

An interactive map of evacuation zones in the Central Okanagan is here.


UPDATE 1:40 p.m.

A new evacuation order has been put in place for the Tallus Ridge area in West Kelowna, to the south of the McDougall Creek fire, and the La Casa and Fintry areas, to the north of the fire.

The rapidly growing wildfire has forced thousands of people from their homes over the past 24 hours and the latest evacuation orders come north of Shannon Lake in the Tallus Ridge development, and for properties north of Terrace Mountain Road, along Westside Road, including La Casa and Fintry Provincial Park

Those under an evacuation order must leave their home immediately due to the threat of the fire.

The McDougall Creek wildfire has destroyed dozens of homes so far.


New evacuation orders have been put in place as a result of the McDougall Creek wildfire.

The new orders include properties north of Nahun to, but not including La Casa.

Residents in that area are asked to leave immediately.

"It's critical that all residents evacuate for their safety and the safety of first responders in the area," the Emergency Operation Centre stated in a news release.

Those evacuees are asked to register online or check in at the the information centre set up at Kal Tire Place.

All other evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect.


UPDATE 8:35 a.m.

The McDougall Creek wildfire grew significantly overnight.

According to new information from the BC Wildfire Service the McDougall Creek fire is now estimated at 6,800 hectares.

The fire was last mapped at 1,100 hectares early Thursday evening.

The Emergency Operations Centre did confirm overnight some structures were lost due to the fast moving fire.

More information is expected during a 10 a.m. news briefing.


ORIGINAL 7:35 a.m.

The McDougall Creek wildfire is expected to grow in size following a tense, wind-driven evening.

The fire was mapped at 1,100 hectares early Thursday evening but that size is expected to increase once officials get a better look from the air Friday morning.

The Emergency Operations Centre did confirm early Friday morning several structures did burn as the fire raced down the slope toward Okanagan Lake.

Westside Road is closed in both directions and access roads to Rose Valley are also closed off.

DriveBC has also issued a travel advisory for Highway 97 between Glenrosa Road and the William R Bennett Bridge. While the highway remains open motorists are being advised to be prepared for short notice closures due to the fire.

New information from BCWS and the West Kelowna Fire Department is expected later this morning.

Early Friday morning the Emergency Operation Centre did confirm some structures had been lost as the fire spread down the slope toward Okanagan Lake.

No new evacuations have been ordered since late Thursday evening. At the present time 2,462 properties have been evacuated with another 4,801 on evacuation alert.

Click here to view the map of those on evacuation order or alert.

Anyone who has been evacuated are urged to register either online or at one of the three reception centres set up in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon.

The following have been set up as reception centres:

  • Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna
  • Kal Tire Place, 3445 43rd Avenue in Vernon
  • Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street in Kelowna

Further updates are expected at 10 a.m.



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