An evacuation order has been issued for 975 properties that were previously on alert along Westside Road, due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan expanded the order at 8:40 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 6). The White Rock Lake wildfire is estimated at 45,000 hectares and burning out of control.
The affected area runs south from Ewings Landing to the south end of La Casa Lakeside Resort. This includes properties located in:
- Valley of the Sun
- Upper Fintry
- Shalal Road
- Fintry Delta
- Fintry Provincial Park
- La Casa Lakeside Resort
The latest evacuation is in addition to an order by the Okanagan Indian Band, impacting nearly 200 properties along and surrounding Westside Road, announced at about 7 p.m. Friday.
Residents that require in-person help with food, lodging and emergency support services registration are asked to visit the reception centre at 1480 Sutherland Ave. in Kelowna.
The centre is open until 10 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Online registration is also available through emergency support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca.
Westside Road is closed in both directions between Ewings Landing Road and Six Mile Creek Road. Evacuees must travel south down Westside Road, as there is no inbound entry.
Fire personnel tirelessly fight blaze
In an update, BC Wildfire Service said southwesterly winds reaching 40 km/h challenged suppression efforts against the big fire.
Structure protection personnel have a roving patrol set up along Westside Road, as well as in the Swan Lake area where personnel are prepared to defend from potential spot fires.
Sustained winds and aggressive fire behaviour is forecast through the evening, with dozens on evacuation alert including in Spallumcheen, Armstrong and parts of Vernon.
“Helicopters continue to work where feasible and structure protection personnel are prepared to defend at risk neighbourhoods” BC Wildfire said Friday afternoon.
Aggressive fire behaviour and southwesterly winds, gusting upwards of 40 km/hr, are challenging suppression efforts on the White Rock Lake wildfire (K61884). Predominant fire growth this afternoon has occurred along the eastern perimeter, west of Westside Road. pic.twitter.com/QRCuUrMrnx
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 7, 2021