Weather helps firefighters in Okanagan Centre

Okanagan Centre fire 80 per cent contained

Crews continue to make progress on the Okanagan Centre Fire and the blaze is now 80 per cent contained.

That’s an increase of five per cent from Tuesday and due, in part, to favourable weather, according to the most recent press release from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations office.

“Ground crews will continue extinguishing spot fires and conducting danger tree assessments and falling in fire impacted areas throughout the day Tuesday,” reads the release. “As soon as it is safe to remove the evacuation order, residents will be allowed home.”

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An Evacuation Order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Road and Tyndall Road from south of 10810 to the end of the pavement. Jack Seaton Park and trails remain closed. Approximately 58 properties remain on Evacuation Order. No Evacuation Alerts are in place at this time.

RCMP are maintaining road blocks in the evacuated area and are conducting ongoing roaming patrols. Members of the public are asked to stay away from evacuated areas to aid in the emergency response and avoid hazards created by the fire. RCMP have indicated zero tolerance for people accessing closed areas.

RELATED: EVACUATION ORDERS ADJUSTED

Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area or street is under evacuation order.

For more information contact the Information Office at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

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