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One evacuation order removed, eight remain for Smith Creek wildfire

Smith Creek Wildfire wraps up. - Jennifer Smith
Smith Creek Wildfire wraps up.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith

The evacuation order for one property on Dixie Road was rescinded as of 1:00 p.m. today and an evacuation alert put in place for this property.

Dixie Road is closed to all, but local traffic. The evacuation order for seven uninhabited properties immediately above the Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods remains in place.

A local state of emergency continues to exist in West Kelowna as the Smith Creek Fire remains active.

Approximately 1,100 homes remain on evacuation alert and residents should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice. For their own safety, the public is requested to stay out of fire-affected areas and to obey all warning and hazards signs. The evacuation order area, including parks, trails and public and private lands, remains closed to the public.

The Smith Creek Fire is estimated at 280 hectares in size and is 60 per cent contained.

A post-wildfire assessment of the area is being conducted by qualified professionals. The weather forecast is predicting rain and wildfire activity followed by periods of rain can cause erosion or debris flows.

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