UPDATE: 1:45 a.m.
More evacuation orders are being issued by the Regional District of the Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre (EOD) due to wildfire
All properties surrounding Hidden Lake and Still Pond are under an evacuation order, including:
* Begbie Rd (excluding 2050, 2080, 2130 and 2150)
* Big Rock Crt
* Hidden Hills Dr
* Hidden Lake Pl
* Hidden Ridge Pl
* Long Ridge Crt
* Long Ridge Dr
* Still Pond Lane
* Still Pond Pl
* Twin Ridge Crt
* Union Rd
Evacuees should register online at https://ess.gov.bc.caopen_in_new. Evacuees are encouraged to find temporary lodging with family and friends.
All reception centres in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon have closed for the evening. An overnight shelter centre has opened at Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street, Kelowna for evacuees requiring a place to go overnight. Small pets caged or leashed are permitted.
UPDATE: 12: 15 a.m.
A State of Emergency is being declared for the City of Kelowna, due to two wildfires burning in the North Clifton and McKinley area.
Kelowna fire crews are on scene of the spot fires that sparked after embers crossed Okanagan Lake from the McDougall Creek Wildfire.
Structures have reportedly been lost to the McDougall creek wildfire in West Kelowna.♬ original sound - Kelowna Capital News
Residents in the in the Clifton Road North and McKinley neighbourhoods are asked to evacuate. Residents along the west side of Glenmore Road from McKinley Beach to John Hindle Road have been put on evacuation alert.
To support first responders in the area, all properties north of and including Sheerwater Court, up to and including 2105 McKinley Road, including:
* Arthur Court
* Arthur Road
* Bennett Road
* Clifton Court
* Clifton Lane
* Clifton Road
* Clifton Road North
* Dewdney Road
* Dubbin Road
* Kyndree Court
* Lochview Road
* Lynn Court
* McKinley Road
* Paly Road
* Prince Edward Drive
* Sheerwater Court
* Tina Court
Due to unpredictable fire behaviour, it is critical that all residents evacuate for their safety and the safety of first responders in the area.
Only call 911 in an emergency.— Mayor Tom Dyas (@MayorTomDyas) August 18, 2023
Stay out of evacuation areas.
Have your go bag ready in case of emergency.
If you’re asked to evacuate, do so calmly and efficiently so we can all stay safe.
Subscribe for e-updates here: https://t.co/jxnDKPkBmy
UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.
A second fire is being reported in the McKinley area.
The Porcupine Crescent blaze is .009 hecatres in size .
Tactical evacuations are under way.
UPDATE 11:30 p.m.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is now on scene in the North Clifton area. RCMP are currently executing a tactical evacuation.
The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated for the fire in the North Clifton area. Crews are on the scene doing tactical evacuation.— Central Ok Emergency (@CO_Emerg) August 18, 2023
UPDATE: 11:15 p.m.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is opening a reception centre for those being evacuated from the Clifton and McKinley area due to the recent ignition of spot fires.
The reception centre will open at 11 p.m. in The Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Drive.
However, pets are not allowed.
For those who are being evacuated and need help with their animals, visit the reception centre at Royal Lepage Place at 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna. Alert Canada will be on hand.
We are aware of spot fires in the Clifton Road North area. Crews are responding to the area.— Central Ok Emergency (@CO_Emerg) August 18, 2023
UPDATE 11:12 p.m.
A second wildfire has sparked north of the Lochview Road wildfire.
The Porcupine Crescent wildfire has discovered at 10:45 p.m.
It is also out of control and currently 0.009 hectares at this time.
UPDATE 10:40 p.m.
Many residents are evacuating the area, according to a Black Press reporter on scene.
There currently is not any evacuation alerts or order in place.
There are reports the McDougall Creek wildfire has jumped Okanagan Lake and flames have been spotted in the Knox Mountain area.
Large flames from candling trees have sent embers flying across the lake as winds gusts up to 50 km/hr.
BC Wildfire Services has it named the blaze the Lochview Road wildfire but it is also close to Upper Canyon Road North, north of Knox Mountain as well as Clifton Road.
At this time, it is 0.009 hectares in size and wind is pushing the blaze north.
Structures in the area are close to the new blaze and are at risk.
More to come.