Fire damage left behind along Westside Road from the Shelter Cove wildfire.

Prime Minister to visit Shelter Cove wildfire site

Stephen Harper will be joined by Premier Christy Clark for press conference this afternoon at fire incident command post on Westside Road.

  • Thu Jul 23rd, 2015 8:00pm
  • News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark will briefly stop by the Shelter Cove wildfire Incident Command Post  in West Kelowna this afternoon to thank some of the men and women fighting the Westside Road.

The two will take part in a press conference at th ICP sometimes around 3:40 p.m.

Otherwise, the firefighting crews saw a fairly quiet night for patrols monitoring the 460-hectare Shelter Cove wildfire.

Wilsons Landing and North Westside structural fire crews conducted patrols through the various subdivisions within the evacuation area, while BC Wildfire Service firefighters watched for and extinguished any hotspots.

This wildfire is still considered as potentially aggressive and as a result in the interest of public safety the Evacuation Order remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road.

Firefighting efforts have worked to establish retardant fireguard lines along the south and north flanks of the fire. There is still no containment as the fire burns upslope in a westerly direction, while the Westside Road buffer zone continues to hold against the fire advancing towards Okanagan Lake and lakeside residential homes.

Those properties within the evacuation area are along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa), as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road.

The Emergency Operations Centre reminds everyone that there are currently no evacuation alerts associated with this fire. Neither La Casa Resort nor Lake Okanagan Resort are under the evacuation order or alert at this time.

With limited capacity and adjustments to circuits providing electricity, BC Hydro is continuing to provide rotating electrical service for approximately 900 customers on a rotating basis.  Each rotation has a six hour duration and provides power to 300 customers at a time.

This rotation will continue until BC Hydro can make repairs to the system or can install a temporary solution like a diesel generating unit.  200 customers directly in the fire zone and in the La Casa subdivision are not able to receive this rotational power.

RCMP members continued overnight patrols within the Evacuation area and report no issues or concerns.  Security will continue today both on land and the water.

Okanagan Lake boaters are thanked for not interfering with aerial wildfire fighting efforts.  They are encouraged to continue to watch for helicopters and skimmers that may be working this fire and stay well away from the Evacuation area.

The volunteers that are staffing the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre in the Westside Lions Community Hall at 2466 Main St.in West Kelowna will on the job again starting at 8:30 a.m. to provide assistance to those residents that are on Evacuation Order.  Emergency Management BC has approved an extension of accommodation for those registered for up to 72 hours, should that be needed.

Westside Road remains closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort.  Westside Road remains open in both directions from the north to La Casa Resort and from the south to the closure at Cinnabar Creek.  For the latest road information, visit the Drive BC website at drivebc.ca.

For the most up-to-date information on the fire, visit cordemergency.ca.