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Evacuation order for properties affected by wildfire near Mabel Lake

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July 20, 2021 - 11:23 AM

A 600-hectare wildfire burning on the east side of Mable Lake has prompted another evacuation order.

Those living in the 10,000-17,000 blocks of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, also known as Lumby Mabel Lake Road, including properties known as Cottonwoods are being ordered to evacuate by the Regional District of North Okanagan on the advice of BC Wildfire.

A state of local emergency has also been issued for the area.

“Members of the local police department and other applicable agencies will be expediting this action,” reads a statement issued by the regional district.

“The RDNO does not expect that the Evacuation Order will be lifted in the short term, and evacuees will not have access to their houses while the order is in place, therefore bring your pets and important items with you.”

Those in the area are being asked to travel south on Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, aka Lumby Mabel Lake Road to the Village of Lumby, which is approximately 50 kilometres away.

From there turn west towards Vernon on Highway 6 to Coldstream, which is another 20 km away.

Then register as an evacuee at the RDNO’s Office at 9848 Aberdeen Rd, Coldstream. Evacuees can also register online here.

Before leaving your place of residence shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers and close all windows and doors and gates.

Further information will be issued via the RDNO’s website here.

The Bunting Road wildfire has been burning for the better part of two weeks and the cause is unknown at this time.

There is currently one helicopter with six personnel working the blaze.

BC Wildfire said crews have made good progress on the fire, constructing guard on the north and south ends of the west flank, widening existing road ways and working on small hot spots in a plantation east of the fire.

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