July 23, 2014 - 6:30 PM
WEST KELOWNA – A major storm that passed through the area caused no flooding or erosion damage in the hills above Smith Creek.
With heavy rain expected Wednesday afternoon, professionals studying the fire worried it could bring erosion or flooding. Much of the vegetation was consumed by wildfire and they were concerned heavy rain could cause erosion or bring down debris.
According to release Wednesday evening, that risk has passed.
After more accurate, low level mapping, the Smith Creek wildfire is now estimated to be at 280 hectares, and 60 per cent contained.
The Central Okanagan Regional District website says although the fire has not grown, it remains active.
An evacuation order is still in effect for eight private properties immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods, including all properties on Dixie Rd. and residents of two properties off Dixie Rd.
Residents within the these areas are on evacuation alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice should the situation change.
Approximately 2,500 residents from 1,100 homes remain on evacuation alert.
The public must stay out of fire-affected areas for their own safety and obey all warning and hazards signs.
Street names and property descriptions that remain under evacuation order or alert, along with an interactive map of affected areas, can be found at the CORD website.
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— Updated at 6:30 p.m. July 23 to include the passing of the flood risk
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