Details are still sketchy at this point but a Kamloops Fire Information Centre spokesperson says some people evacuated from their residences in West Kelowna’s Casa Loma area have been told they can return home.
Michaela Swan says the West Kelowna fire had grown to two hectares in size, with both a helicopter and water tanker called in to assist with the initial response from both the forest service and Kelowna Fire Rescue.
“The air tanker flew over the site of the fire but didn’t feel there was a need to drop anything from overhead as the fire department had knocked down the fire significantly at that point,” Swan said.
“Right now efforts are underway to establish a secure fire guard and extinguish any remaining hot spots.”
Swan could not confirm that any Casa Loma Resort vacationers were ordered to leave the resort, but she noted that five residences were initially evacuated, and the residents have since been allowed to return home.
The Capital News has learned that people staying at Casa Loma Resort had been given an evacuation warning, and many were loading up their vehicles to be ready to leave if so requested by firefighters.
The fire is centred in the Casa Loma residential area adjacent to Kalemoir Regional Park.
The flames were readily from the east side of Okanagan Lake as Kelowna residents could be seen gathering at the various beach access points to watch the fire progress.