Bear Creek Fire News Release 10

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 6:45am

Overnight structural crews from West Kelowna, Peachland, Joe Rich and North Westside fire departments worked alongside BC Wildfire Service firefighters monitoring the almost 53-hectare Bear Creek wildfire. They were busy extinguishing hotspots throughout the fire area. Yesterday under favourable conditions crews made good progress on the blaze achieving 60 per cent containment.

In the interest of public safety, the Evacuation Order for 105 properties in Traders Cove and Bear Creek Provincial Park continues. As this is still an active fire it is not yet safe for the Order to be changed.

RCMP members are conducting security patrols throughout the Evacuation area.

In addition, the Evacuation Alert remains in place for 51 properties along Bear Creek Road north of the Parkinson Road intersection including Dougmac, Rose Valley and Petterson Roads, as well as 14 properties in the Pine Point subdivision off Westside Road, north of Traders Cove. These residents should be prepared to leave their home at a moment’s notice.

View the map on cordemergency.ca to see the current area under evacuation order or evacuation alert.

People may notice a lot of smoke coming from the active fire area as crews work to fully extinguish the blaze.

Westside Road remains closed between Bear Creek Provincial Park and Traders Cove.

The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre in the Lions Hall at 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna will open again at 9:00 a.m.

Campers evacuated from Bear Creek Provincial Park will be temporarily allowed into the campsite to remove their possessions, vehicles and trailers for a limited time again beginning at 8:00 a.m.