The White Rock Lake forest fire starting Monday
UPDATE: 7:25 p.m.
The town of Vernon says the Emergency Support Services Reception Center continues to receive a number of residents who are evacuated due to the White Rock Lake fire.
The Visitor Center is located at the Dogwood Gym at the Vernon Recreation Center.
The center will be available to receive new registrations from evacuees until 8:00 p.m. on August 2.
As of August 3, the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, until further notice.
All evacuees must register online with the ESS Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool even if you do not need references such as housing or other services: ess.gov.bc.ca.
UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.
According to BC Wildfire, the White Rock Lake fire is now estimated at 32,312.0 hectares and is classified as out of control.
BCWS says conditions at the scene continue to be extremely smoky, hampering the ability of aircraft to fly and hampering suppression efforts.
“Varying amounts of precipitation were observed around the perimeter of the fire yesterday, August 1. The northern areas of the fire in the Westwold area received up to 10 millimeters of rain, which was enough to provide respite from the fire’s behavior over the next 24 -48 hours ”
“The southern part of the fire received minimal precipitation. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20s. Winds will be 10 to 20 km / h with gusts up to 30 km / h in the afternoon. In the south, the fire behavior continues to be quite active, ”said BCWS.
A fire retardant ground unit continues to reinforce control lines east of the fire perimeter.
According to BC Wildfire, the unit is a large truck that can apply the same type of retarder used by tankers to help slow the spread of the fire.
“Northeast of the fire perimeter, crews and heavy equipment continue to work along a stretch of machine guard to contain the fire coming down the ridge and build a fuelless handguard to connect the pre-established control lines along that flank, ”BCWS added.
A total of 118 firefighters, 11 helicopters, six hazard tree assessors, 42 pieces of heavy equipment, 12 support staff and the BC Wildfire Service incident management team continued to fight the blaze.
UPDATE 5:30 p.m.
New mapping of the White Rock Lake wildfire shows that the growing fire is now approximately 12.5 kilometers from the western shores of Okanagan Lake at Killiney Beach.
The 32,000 hectare blaze has been most active on its southern and southeastern flanks in recent days, skipping control lines on the Salmon River Forest Service Road.
The fire appears to be moving through the Whiteman Creek Basin. The small stream runs directly north of Sugarloaf Mountain.
The Okanagan Indian Band said Monday evening that the blaze was about 13.5 km from its reserve line. The First Nation said residents may notice structural protection crews on the reserve today.
“Structural protection staff have completed a comprehensive assessment from Monte Lake to the Falkland Corridor via Highway 97, as well as along Westside Road,” BCWS said Monday.
“Staff are ready to deploy structural protection devices as needed in Westwold, Falkland, Cedar Hills, Pinaus Lake and Okanagan IR Indian Band # 1.”
On the northern flank of the blaze, growth has been less dramatic, but the blaze remains within two miles of Highway 97 in Westwold.
Evacuation orders remain in place for Parker Cove and Westshore Estates. An alert is in place for anything north of Traders Cove on Westside Road. Other alerts and orders are in place in the Westwold and Monte Lake areas.
The RCMP patrol the evacuation areas.
UPDATE: 2:35 p.m.
According to CORD, all evacuation orders and alerts remain in place north of, but not including, Traders Cove, in the Central Okanagan Regional District, for the White Rock Lake wildfire.
Drive BC reports that Westside Road remains closed to the public between Six Mile Creek Road and Pinecrest Road near Vernon.
View a detailed map showing the affected properties at cordemergency.ca.
Emergency Operations Center staff are working with other response organizations to manage the situation and minimize impacts; however, affected residents must be prepared to obey an evacuation order. Visit cordemergency.ca to learn how to prepare.
UPDATE: 9:56 a.m.
The Central Okanagan Regional District turned a previous evacuation alert into order.
Additionally, a local state of emergency was issued for the RDCO along North Westside Road resulting in an evacuation order for all properties in Westshore Estates.
The order was issued on Sunday evening. Properties now under the RDCO evacuation order include:
- 11100 chemin Antler
- 801 Beau Parc Road
- 11000 Birch Lake Road
- Select properties on Bouleau Lake Road (no civic address, please see map)
- 980, chemin des Portes
- 10780 Whiteman Creek Road
- 11140 Whiteman Creek Road
- Select properties on Whiteman Creek Road (no street address, please see map).
- All properties in Westshore Estates
On Monday morning, the Thompson-Nicole Regional District also issued an evacuation alert for properties at the following 76 addresses:
- 12480 chemin Douglas Lake;
- 9140 Fraser Road;
- from 4920 chemin Lauder to 5420 chemin Lauder;
- 5091 Northcott Rd à 5127 Northcott Rd;
- 7160 and 7200 Roche Lake Road;
- 7000 FSR de Smith Lake;
- 4570 Wildwood Road to 4621 Wildwood Road; and
- all properties whose limits are shown on the map below
There have now been several alerts and evacuation orders issued by four regional districts and one First Nation in connection with the White Rock Lake fire. Residents near the fire should check with each local government for details on alerts and orders placed.
Properties on evacuation alert
UPDATE 9:30 a.m.
The BC Wildfire Service says “varying” amounts of rain fell on the White Rock Lake fire on Sunday.
The northern areas of the fire in the Westwold area received up to 10 millimeters of rain, which was enough to provide respite from the fire’s behavior over the next 24 to 48 hours.
In the southern part of the fire, where it was most active, very little rain fell.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20s. Winds will be 10 to 20 km / h with gusts up to 30 km / h in the afternoon.
“In the south, the fire behavior continues to be quite active,” BCWS said.
The fire is estimated at 32,312 hectares.
Today, crews along the southern flank of the blaze will work along Beautiful Road to mop up the excursion south of the Salmon River Forest Service Road east of Salmon Lake.
Structural protection personnel are preparing to deploy structural protection devices to the community of Monte Lake and Pinaus Lake as required.
Today, staff will begin working along Westside Road to assess resource and equipment needs, if any.
Westside Road remains closed to inbound traffic in the evacuation area on OKIB grounds due to the fire.
UPDATE: 7:47 a.m.
The Town of Vernon has activated its Emergency Support Services Reception Center to receive evacuees from the White Rock Lake wildfire.
The Visitor Center is located at the Dogwood Gym at the Vernon Recreation Center (3409 35th Avenue).
- All evacuees should register online with the ESS Evacuee Registration and Assistance Tool, even if you do not need referrals such as other housing services.
- Due to a shortage of hotel rooms, the city is asking people to consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends if possible. Take your pets with you if you can
- If you need services, please visit the ESS Vernon Visitor Center. The Visitor Center will close at 2 a.m. on August 2 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. the same day.
ORIGINAL : 5 h 00
Crews hope for “slight reprieve” in fighting one of the most aggressive wildfires in British Columbia
The White Rock Lake wildfire, last estimated at 32,000 hectares between Vernon and Kamloops, triggered evacuation orders and alerts covering four regional districts and one First Nation. New alerts for the Fintry and Wilson Landing areas were issued late Sunday evening.
“Crews continue to work towards safe and achievable operational goals under extremely adverse conditions,” BCWS said Sunday, explaining that they were working closely with partners in the forest industry to fight the blaze.
“Knowledge of the local industry is invaluable to operational success,” added BCWS. Heavy equipment operators worked through the night, accessing areas that would otherwise be inaccessible due to the volatile behavior of fires during daylight hours.
Over the weekend, the fire grew aggressively along the southern flank where it skipped the Salmon River Forest Service Road, a former line of control.
“As far as possible, heavy equipment has worked on the development of secondary containment lines to the south of this flank. “
The rain that fell on Sunday is expected to slow the rapid spread of the fire somewhat, but not enough to make a significant difference in the long term.
The crews are still hampered by thick smoke, which sometimes prevents planes from flying.
Firefighters continue to patrol the completed machine guards on the northwest and southwest flanks. A water distribution system and pipe guard reinforce these areas as crews search for controlled burning opportunities.
A ground retarder unit also reinforces the control lines to the east.
There are nearly 100 firefighters, 41 structural protection specialists, 39 pieces of heavy equipment, air support and other personnel assigned to the fire.