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Evacuation order partially lifted for Joe Rich fire; Now 100 per cent contained

July 04, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Evacuation Order for the Joe Rich Grassfire has been partially lifted for 114 properties effective 8 p.m. tonight.  The 28 properties remaining on Evacuation Order cannot return home and include:

1733 Huckleberry Road                     
1735 Huckleberry Road                     
1736 Huckleberry Road                     
1737 Huckleberry Road                     
1842 Huckleberry Road                     
1843 Huckleberry Road                     
1848 Huckleberry Road                   
1876 Huckleberry Road
1898 Huckleberry Road       
1935 Huckleberry Road       
1940 Huckleberry Road                   
1947 Huckleberry Road                               
1955 Huckleberry Road
1957 Huckleberry Road
1959 Huckleberry Road
1960 Huckleberry Road
1961 Huckleberry Road
1967 Huckleberry Road
1969 Huckleberry Road
1973 Huckleberry Road
6090 Highway 33                                
6130 Highway 33                                
6210 Highway 33                                
6380 Highway 33                                
6440 Highway 33                                
6446 Highway 33                                
6450 Highway 33                                
6460 Highway 33                                

The properties previously on Evacuation Order and all properties currently on Evacuation Alert are on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice, should conditions change and the Evacuation Order needs to be reinstated or expanded.

BC Wildfire Services is reporting the fire is 100 per cent contained however active hotspots continue.  It is anticipated there will be heavy smoke in the area for several days.  The fire has now been mapped and is 55 hectares in size.

Returning residents are reminded that they may encounter various hazards on private properties as a result of the forest fire. The public is also requested to stay out of fire-affected areas for their own safety and to obey all warning and hazards signs. The Evacuation Order area remains closed to everyone.

As active fire suppression work continues, please stay out of the way of emergency vehicles and crews. Ten structural fire fighters from various Central Okanagan fire departments along with 20 personnel from the BC Wildfire Service will continue working throughout the night. 

The Reception Center at Willow Park Church will close tonight at 10 p.m. and reopen Sunday July 5 at 8:30 a.m.

A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at

RCMP continues to staff roadblocks and will conduct security patrols overnight through the Evacuation Area.  Highway 33 will remain open to single lane alternating traffic.

The next anticipated update is expected at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 5.

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