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Seclusion Bay fire contained at 30 ha

The Seclusion Bay Interface Fire is considered contained and will be monitored overnight by Peachland Fire, West Kelowna Fire and Ministry of Forests crews. The fire remains active and volatile weather conditions are possible.

The existing Evacuation Order remains in effect for the Seclusion Bay area. No areas are currently on Alert.

The Emergency Operation Centre is now at a level one and will resume operations at 8:00 am or if conditions change.

The Seclusion Bay Interface fire is estimated at 30 hectares and one home has been confirmed destroyed and two garages, one police car and one boat have been lost. It is unknown at this time if the structures affected are in the District of West Kelowna or the District of Peachland. Peachland Fire Rescue and West Kelowna Fire Rescue have established an investigative team to determine the cause of the fire.

The Seclusion Bay Interface Fire forced the closure of Highway 97 at the Okanagan Connector. The Highway has now been opened to single lane traffic north and southbound through Peachland. The situation is being monitored continually for safety.

There have been 37 registered evacuees through the Emergency Social Services Reception Centre at Westbank Lions Hall. Fifteen of those people were rescued by water with support from Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, RCMP and Transport Canada vessels. All evacuees are encouraged to register in person with the Emergency Social Services Reception Centre at the Westbank Lions Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna.

A State of Emergency was declared earlier today by both the District of Peachland and the District of West Kelowna and remains in effect.

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