The glow from the White Rock Lake wildfire can be seen from around the Predator Ridge area Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (Kathleen Nessel - contributed)

White Rock Lake wildfire evacuation order lifts for 20 more properties

Regional District of North Okanagan reduces order to alert for some

  • Aug. 10, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Residents along the west side of Irish Creek Road within the Regional District of North Okanagan boundaries can return home but must be ready to leave on a moment’s notice.

The evacuation order has been reduced to an alert for 20 properties on the west side of Irish Creek Road and Beatrice Road, but does not include any properties within Okanagan Indian Band IR#1.

The wildfire burning out of control about 34 kilometres northwest of Vernon is estimated at 55,649 hectares.

BC Wildfire Services said cooler weather conditions have mostly stalled the fire with no significant growth in size or direction but some moderate growth continues on the north, northeast and southeast flanks.

Fire crews and some of the 138 structure protection personnel are working in the Westside Road area where the fire is close to properties. A second control line is being built from Salmon River Forest Service Road to Okanagan Lake.

BCWS says a special off-road fire engine is also being used in the area to aid in structure protection on the backside of properties along the east flank.

Orders and alerts are still in effect for parts of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Regional District of North Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Central Okanagan Regional District, City of Vernon, Okanagan Indian Band and Splatsin.

The Township of Spallumcheen, City of Armstrong and Village of Chase have rescinded evacuation alerts.

Monday, the CSRD partially rescinded an evacuation order for homes in Falkland, along Six Mile Creek Road and Cedar Hill. An alert is still in place for those properties.


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