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Evacuation orders in effect for Central Okanagan properties due to White Rock Lake wildfire

The White Rock Lake wildfire near Monte Lake, Aug. 5, 2021.
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August 06, 2021 - 2:18 PM

The Central Okanagan Regional District has issued evacuation orders in the west electoral area due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Properties from south of Westshore Estates along Westside Road from Killiney Beach including Ewings Landing are now under an extended evacuation order.

Residents only had until 1 p.m. this afternoon to evacuate, according to the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre's news release.

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The new Evacuation Order includes 608 properties along Westside Road from 8525 Ewings Landing Road (south end) to 9995 Westside Road (north end), up to the Sugarloaf Forest Service Road turn off. A detailed map of the order can be found here.

As the area was previously on an alert, most residents should be prepared to leave their properties and be away from their homes for an extended period of time and report to Emergency Social Services, according to the emergency operations centre.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre for evacuated residents is located at 1480 Sutherland Ave in Kelowna. ESS volunteers are available, as needed, to help affected Central Okanagan residents. Residents that are evacuated from their homes must report to the reception centre to receive any assistance and lodging.

Evacuees can pre-register with ESS online but still need to visit the ESS Reception Centre in order to receive the appropriate supplier forms as specific paperwork is required in order to access these services.

Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts. RCMP will regularly patrol the evacuated area. Sections of Westside Road through evacuation areas will be closed and residents will not be able to travel north to Vernon. Visit drivebc.ca for road closure details.

Multiple evacuation orders and alerts are already in place from the Okanagan Indian BandColumbia-Shuswap Regional DistrictRegional District of North OkanaganCity of Kamloops and Thompson Nicola Regional District.

According to the OKIB's latest update at 1 p.m. the band expects the fire will reach Whiteman’s area tonight at roughly 6 p.m.

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