This evacuation order was issued by the TNRD on Monday shortly after 4 p.m.
UPDATE 4:57 PM
Due to the potential danger to life and health and the large number of recreational sites near Pinaus and Bouleau Lakes, the North Okanagan Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for the following areas:
- North and east of Lake Pinaus including – southbound to Lake Bouleau.
- East and South of Birch Lake – Westbound to the Thompson Nicola Regional District Alert and Evacuation Order (South and parallel to the Salmon River Fire Department Road)
- This area could include hinterland exit lanes within the mapped area.
RDNO card for evacuation alert
UPDATE: 4:17 p.m.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued evacuation orders for three properties near Westwold due to the rapid fire at White Rock Lake burning nearby.
The order was placed on Monday shortly after 4 p.m. No address has been listed by the TNRD, only a map.
This story will be updated as more information becomes known.
ORIGINAL STORY: 6:55 a.m.
Fire behavior increased significantly on Sunday at the White Rock Lake wildfire between Westwold and Merritt due to high temperatures and increased southwest winds.
The blaze has spread to approximately 12,500 hectares and continues to burn uncontrollably.
The aggressive behavior of the fire caused growth in the Sawmill Lake and Jimmy Lake areas and produced a large column of smoke.
The increase in fire activity is expected to continue as hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to persist.
More structural protection units have been requested, and a task force of fire trucks will patrol and take action in hot spots to protect high value property and assets, the BC Wildfire Service said in a statement. up to date Sunday evening.
Heavy equipment is used to construct large open areas at regular intervals along guard lines as “safe zones” where crews can take cover should fire behavior suddenly increase.
Tanker trucks can be used today to apply the retarder, conditions permitting. A ground delay unit is also used to reinforce the guard lines.
Six helicopters were throwing water on the blaze on Sunday.
Planning for emergency lines continues.
Evacuation orders and alerts remain in place.
About 100 firefighters and 12 support staff from Quebec arrived Sunday and will be staying at the Salmon Lake Resort fire camp. They will start working on the fire today.