OKIB issued evacuation order for several properties near White Rock Lake wildfire – Vernon News – .

White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold estimated at 32,000 hectares – Vernon News – .

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m.

The North Okanagan Regional District (RDNO) has issued an evacuation order for part of Electoral Zone B above Westside Road.

The order applies to all properties south of Six Mile Creek Road and including up to the Central Okanagan Regional District boundary due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

The evacuation order previously issued for properties along Birch and Pinaus Lake remains in effect.

The evacuation alert for properties along Irish Creek Road in Electoral Zone B also remains in effect.

For a full list, click here.

UPDATE: 6:55 p.m.

In response to evacuation orders from White Rock Lake Wildfire, the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and the Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD), the Town of Armstrong, as well as the Township of Spallumcheen, activated emergency social services (ESS) support for evacuees.

The exhibition grounds will be used to help those affected by these evacuations.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance in respecting the privacy of those affected and asking the public to use other municipal properties and parks at this time,” the city said in a press release.

For more information on evacuation orders, please contact each regional district or First Nations band office directly.

Drive BC reports a forest fire closure between Head of the Lake Rd and Westshore Rd near Vernon.

There is no inbound entry.

UPDATE: 5:29 p.m.

An evacuation order was issued by the Okanagan Indian Band due to the White Rock Lake wildfire for the subdivisions located downstream of the Whiteman Creek drainage, south of Mud Hole, including the Parker Cove and Whiteman.

A list of properties affected by the evacuation order, as well as more information about the evacuation order can be found here.

UPDATE: 3:04 p.m.

With slightly better mapping, the White Rock Lake wildfire now has an estimated area of ​​32,000 hectares.

White Rock Lake Incident Commander Scott Rennick said overnight growth was significant south of the blaze.

“We are bothered by strong smoke,” says Rennick,

The BC Wildfire Service reports that cooler temperatures and precipitation could result in a slight reprieve in fire behavior over the next 48 hours.

Rennick says crews are struggling to fly over the fire on the east side of the flank due to the thick smoke.

The smoke made it very difficult for crews to properly assess the blaze and Rennick said they were using satellite imagery to better assess the blaze.

The Type 1 Incident Management Team will be traveling to Vernon in the next 48 hours to work in conjunction with the Type 2 ITM from Quebec, currently stationed there, to help them manage the fire.


The White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold resulted in aggressive fire growth overnight along the southern flank, where much of the fire perimeter crossed the Salmon River FSR, the BC Wildfire Service said. .

As a result, the estimated size of the fire is expected to increase over the next 24 hours.

Showers with a risk of thunderstorms are expected today, bringing clouds and temperatures down to 20 ° C.

Extreme burning conditions will persist until additional humidity and cloud arrives in the area.

Depending on the amount of precipitation, there may be a slight lull in fire behavior over the next 48 hours, according to BCWS.

Ten helicopters are assigned to the White Rock Lake fire and will provide water to problem areas of the fire to support ground suppression efforts.

The helicopter fleet includes a Sikorsky 64 SkyCrane helicopter with a 2,650 gallon tank that can be filled in less than a minute.

In addition to the 10 helicopters, there will also be 99 firefighters, seven dangerous tree assessors / cutters, 39 pieces of heavy equipment, 10 support staff and the BC Wildfire Service incident management team.

“A ground retarder unit continues to reinforce the control lines east of the fire perimeter. This unit is a large truck that can apply the same type of retarder used by tankers to help slow the spread of the fire, giving equipment and crews the time and space to work safely. safety along pre-built control lines, ”explains BCWS.

A structural protection specialist, 41 structural protection officers from twelve fire departments monitor the area.

There remain 115 properties evacuated as a result of the fire, in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, the North Okanagan Regional District and the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. On Friday, an evacuation alert was issued for properties north of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The fire is currently estimated at 24,000 hectares.

In an evening update on Saturday, Hannah Swift, Fire Information Officer for the Incident Management Team who is currently stationed in Penticton, said she would move to Vernon to better manage the White fire. Rock Lake.


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