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Parts of Spallumcheen, Okanagan Indian Band and Regional District of North Okanagan evacuating due to wildfire

The White Rock Lake wildfire, Aug. 6, 2021.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service
August 15, 2021 - 6:40 PM

Multiple properties in the North Okanagan are being evacuated due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Part of the Township of Spallumcheen is on evacuation order and alerts have been expanded and the City of Armstrong has reissued an evacuation alert due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Members of the RCMP and other applicable agencies will be expediting the evacuation, according to a press release issued by the town.

The Spallumcheen order includes:

• Round lake Rd
• Grandview Flats Rd (south side)
• Grandview Flats Rd North
• Grandview Flats Rd South
• Page Rd
• Miller Rd
• Evans Rd
• Corkscrew Rd
• Otter Lake Rd south of Grandview Flats Rd
• (1401 Otter Lake Rd and lower)
• St Anne’s Rd
• Larkin Cross Rd
• Clinton Rd
• Pine Ridge Rd
• Pine Ridge Pl
• Larkin Pl
• Otter Lake Cross Rd
• (the west side, south of 705)
• 1239 Thomas Hays Rd
• 9221 to 9728 Highway 97
• Golfview Place
• Northwind Drive
• Mendenhall Rd
• Overlook Pl
• Stepping Stones Rd
• Stepping Stones Cres
• 8400 Old Kamloops Rd
• L&A Cross Rd

The Regional District of North Okanagan has again expanded the evacuation order for a portion of Electoral Area B above Westside Road. The order now includes properties located on the west side of Irish Creek Road and Beatrice Road due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

This evacuation order includes all 20 properties on the west side of Irish Creek Road and Beatrice Road, previously on alert, according to the district.

An evacuation order has also been issued by the Okanagan Indian Band tonight. Penticton has activated its emergency operations centre for OKIB members at 199 Ellis Street in Penticton.

Spallumcheen is asking evacuees to register at the Vernon Recreation Centre Dogwood Gym at 3310 37 Ave. If you need transportation assistance from the area, advise the person providing this notice or call 250-546-3013.

"The City of Armstrong, on the advice of B.C. Wildfire, has issued an evacuation alert for the residents, businesses, and visitors of the city. The city is currently on an evacuation alert as a precautionary measure due to rapidly changing conditions at the White Rock Lake Wildfire. The evacuation alert is proactive at this time and is not an Order to leave the area. The fires are unpredictable in nature but remain approximately 20 kilometres from the city," according to the alert issued by Armstrong.

Vernon’s Emergency Support Services Reception Centre is also reopening its doors to welcome evacuees who may need assistance with basic needs. The reception centre is located at the Dogwood Gym in the Vernon Recreation Centre at 3409 35th Avenue.

Evacuees are asked to register online for emergency support services and stay updated on alerts and orders by visiting their regional district's or city's website.

The White Rock Lake wildfire is currently 62,273 hectares in size and burning out of control in the North Okanagan.

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