Eight homes confirmed destroyed in Okanagan Centre blaze
The wildfire burns in Lake Country, July 16, 2017.
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July 16, 2017 - 5:59 PM
LAKE COUNTRY – Eight homes have been destroyed by a wildfire in Lake Country.
The homes are on Nighthawk Road. Along with the homes, outbuildings on one proportion Tyndall Road were destroyed. Residents and property owners affected by the fire have been notified, according to a press release from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.
The fire is still burning and crews are on scene fighting the flames. The 55-hectare blaze is 50 per cent contained by hand guard and 80 per cent surrounded by retardant, according to the release.
No lightning was recorded in the area, so the fire is believed to be human caused fire. Police are investigating.
The evacuation alerts and orders issued last night remain in place. There are 331 properties evacuated currently, with 657 more on alert. A map of the evacuation can be found here.
Anyone evacuated should register at the emergency support services centre at the Salvation Army Church in Kelowna at 1480 Sutherland Ave.
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