July 05, 2015 - 7:58 PM
KELOWNA - The Emergency Operations Centre advises effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight, the outstanding Evacuation Order for the 55-hectare Joe Rich interface face is rescinded.
None of the 28 properties in the Highway 33 and Huckleberry Road area remain under Evacuation Order and all residents are now able to return to their homes.
These properties will however, remain under an Evacuation Alert and residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event conditions change and the Evacuation Order is reinstated.
The previous Evacuation Alert affecting an estimated 272 properties has also now been lifted.
Today Joe Rich Fire/Rescue structural fire fighters and approximately 40 BC Wildfire Service crew made good progress on the ground and the fire is now considered to be in the mop up stage.
Tonight, residents in the remaining Evacuation Alert area can expect to see fire fighters on the job. A BC Wildfire Service crew will continue working on fire suppression and mop up and Joe Rich Fire/Rescue members will conduct patrols. Please be aware during the overnight hours there may be smoke, visible flame and reduced visibility throughout the area.
All property owners that have been affected by the interface wildfire are reminded that they may encounter various hazards on private properties. For their safety, members of the public are also asked to stay out of the fire-affected areas and to obey all warning and hazards signs.
Over the next few days, residents can expect to see ongoing fire suppression efforts and fire fighters throughout the area as they work to fully extinguish the blaze. Please stay out of their way, do not drive over hose lines laid across roads or driveways, and watch for and yield to emergency vehicles.
A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Alert information showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.
With the lifting of the Evacuation Order, the Emergency Support Services reception centre is now closed and vouchers for food, clothing and incidentals will no longer be honoured.
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