Bear Creek Fire News Release 6

Monday, July 20, 2015 - 7:15am

An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 80 properties along Bear Creek and neighbouring roads as a result of the Bear Creek fire.  Approximately 54 of those properties have dwellings or other structures.

Residents from the intersection of Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave if conditions change and require an Evacuation Order .  

They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

Overnight 24 B.C. Wildfire Service firefighters conducted patrols and monitored the blaze which is estimated at more than two-hectares in size.

Last evening, West Kelowna fire crews stood down and turned the fire command over to the Wildfire Service whose personnel will assess the fire situation later this morning to determine the next course of action and any possible change in the status of the Evacuation Alert.

Air tankers and helicopters established a fire retardant box around the fire yesterday afternoon and evening.

Bear Creek Main at Westside Road remains closed to traffic.  RCMP have removed the roadblock at Bear Creek Road at Parkinson Road which is now open for traffic.

New information will be released after 10 a.m. once fire personnel have time to assess the fire this morning. Go to cordemergency.ca for the most current confirmed information.

 

Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts, however residents of the area should be prepared to obey an evacuation order.