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Smith Creek Wildfire: Fire crews patrolling, fire 250 hectares

Just after 6 p.m., several planes and helicopters could be seen attacking the Smith Creek wildfire as smoke poured off the hillside. - Jennifer Smith
Just after 6 p.m., several planes and helicopters could be seen attacking the Smith Creek wildfire as smoke poured off the hillside.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

Fire fighters from West Kelowna, Lake Country and Kelowna fire departments are on patrol through the night on the Smith Creek fire.

"They’re attending and extinguishing any hot spots or area flare ups that might occur," states a release issued at 8:15 p.m.

Residents are asked to hold off calling 9-1-1 for fire spots related to the blaze as fire crews are already there to do the work.

The fire is estimated to be 250 hectares in size, having been reduced from the 400 hectares announced this afternoon.  The Wildfire Management Branch estimates it is 20 per cent contained.

There have been hundreds of offers of available accommodation for those residents that are out of their homes with Emergency Support Services fielding calls from all over the province.

While no goods or services are currently required, people who would like to offer accommodation may contact ESS volunteers at 250-870-5160.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for about 2,500 residents of almost 1,100 homes, while those from another 151 properties remain on evacuation alert and must be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should conditions change.

The risk to the main hydro service line is not as great as it was earlier today; however, residents should still be prepared to be self-sufficient in the event of any power interruption.

To provide adequate water supplies for fire-fighting effort, residents living west of the W.R. Bennett Bridge are asked to restrict their household water use and not to water outdoors.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

  • Avoid the Smith Creek area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties
  • Okanagan Lake boaters stay away from the active area where helicopters and other aircraft may be filling with water
  • Monitor cord emergency.ca for confirmed information about the situation
  • Only CALL 911 in case of emergency
  • Public inquiries can be directed to 250-469-8490

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As of 6:15 p.m., the Smith Creek wildfire is 400 hectares in size, according to Central Okanagan Emergencies.

"All previous evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect for about 2,100 residents in just over 1,200 homes," a release stated over the dinner hour said.

The risk to hydro lines being affected by the Smith Creek fire is not as great as it was earlier today; however, residents should still be prepared to be self sufficient in the event of any power interruption should circumstances change.

 

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