Wildfire flares north of West Kelowna, B.C.

Evacuation order for 156 properties, alert issued

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — A wildfire on the west side of Okanagan Lake, about 10 kilometres north of West Kelowna, has forced the evacuation of 156 properties.

The Central Okanagan Regional District issued the evacuation order late Sunday night as an aggressive wildfire flared near Bear Creek Provincial Park.

The park campground, a nearby subdivision and properties along Bear Creek Road are affected, while 14 properties in the Pine Point subdivision are on evacuation alert, and a portion of Westside Road is closed.

An emergency reception centre was opened in West Kelowna overnight and a news release from the regional district says about 60 people have registered.

Structural fire crews from several area departments along with firefighters from the BC Wildfire Service patrolled the Bear Creek wildfire through the night, but a size of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Twenty-seven firefighters backed by air support are also keeping a close eye on a roughly 13 hectare wildfire on Godfriedson Mountain, 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna, but that blaze is not believed to be threatening any structures.

The fire danger rating across most of southern British Columbia is listed at high, with many pockets ranked as extreme, but Environment Canada is calling for cooler temperatures of just 18 degrees around Kelowna on Monday, with a 60 per cent chance of showers.

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