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Evacuation alert issued for properties close to wildfire near West Kelowna

The fire is being mapped at 400 hectares in size
Electoral Area "M." (via TNRD)

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for properties near a new fire burning 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna.


The blaze, located on Gottfriedsen Mountain, is roughly 400 hectares in size and started Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9), according to B.C. Wildfire Service mapping.

It's being described as "aggressive."

“A new wildfire poses an imminent risk to people and property,” reads the evacuation alert covering Electoral Area “M.”

An alert means people should be prepared to evacuate if need be.

The bulletin notes that due to the remoteness of the area, the alert is being issued using locations as reference points. The affected area includes all properties, camping areas, etc. north of Highway 97C.

It also includes the following lakes:

*Pennask Lake (western boundary)
*Mellin Lake (northern boundary)
*Barton Lake (northeastern boundary)
*Eileen Lake (southeastern boundary)

What you should do when an alert is in effect:

1. Locate all family members and be prepared to evacuate your residence and property to an identified safe reception centre.

2. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (insurance), photographs and immediate care needs for dependants.

3. Prepare to move any disabled persons and children.

4. Collect pets and pet needs.

5. If possible, move livestock to a safe area.

In the event an evacuation is required:

Residents will need to exit the area and report to a designated reception centre.

If you require more information, contact the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre at 1-877-377-8673. Current hours of operation for the Emergency Operations Centre are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These hours are subject to change, as required. For emergency assistance after hours contact the Emergency Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456.


Tereza Verenca

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