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UPDATE: UBCO, Quail Ridge area of Kelowna no longer on evacuation order

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the Walroy Lake wildfire remains at 769 hectares
The Walroy Lake wildfire in the Glenmore/Wilden area of Kelowna around 8:45 p.m. on Friday night, Aug. 18. (Debbie Payne/Facebook)

UPDATE 2:50 p.m.

A number of properties in the Glenmore area are no longer on evacuation order.

Properties accessed off Quail Ridge Boulevard including the Quail Ridge Golf Club and properties in the UBC Okanagan District are now on evacuation alert.

All other orders and alerts remain in place.

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.

Six properties in Glenmore have been added to the evacuation alerts for Glenmore Highlands area.

The properties are all along Glenmore Road and Glenmore Road North.

Anyone on evacuation alert should be ready to leave at any time.


There was no change overnight in the Walroy Lake wildfire burning in the Clifton/McKinley areas of the city.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, it remains at 769 hectares.

Several structures have been lost in the fire, but it is not known exactly how many.

The Kelowna Fire Department has 17 structure protection personnel fighting the fire, with an additional 19 BC Wildfire members assisting.

The blaze is considered out of control and no cause has been determined yet.

The Walroy Lake wildfire is now part of the Grouse Complex which also includes the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna and the Clarke Creek Wildfire in Lake Country.

There are 12 helicopters assigned to the complex.

Evacuees should register with the provincial Emergency Support Services website or visit the reception centre at Propera Place (1223 Water St.). Group lodging is available at that location.

An evacuation map is available on the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website.

Approximately, 2,057 properties are on evacuation order and another 5,053 are on alert.

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