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Crews working to restore power and water to neighbourhoods evacuated by Bear Creek wildfire

Bear Creek fire as seen from Kelowna, Monday, August 22, 2016
August 24, 2016 - 9:07 AM

WEST KELOWNA – Firefighters from around the Okanagan spent the night patrolling the Bear Creek wildfire, extinguishing hotspots and watching for flare ups.

The evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect today, Aug. 24.

RCMP continue to secure the evacuated areas while B.C. Hydro crews work to replace burned power poles and get service back up and running. Water service for the private Traders Cove utility is also in the process of being restored, according to a media release from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

Westside Road remains closed through the fire area between Bear Creek Provincial Park on the south and the north end of Traders Cove. Efforts continue to try and provide some vehicle access today. 

The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre in the Lions Community Hall in West Kelowna opens at 10 a.m. for residents out of their homes. 

For more info visit the CORD emergency website.

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