Okanagan Centre Fire 75% Contained

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:22am

Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Okanagan Centre wildfire is now 75% contained and emergency responders worked through the night putting out spot fires and actioning a flare up during windy conditions. The fire is estimated at 50.3 hectares in size.

An Evacuation Order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Rd, Tyndall Road from south of 10810 to the end of the pavement.  As well, Jack Seaton Park is closed. This order involves approximately 69 properties.

Overall, crews made good progress on the fire through the night. Windy conditions prompted a flare up on the south end of Tyndall Road, but no homes were impacted. Ground crews will continue putting out spot fires and assessing fire impacted areas, working towards full containment today. When it is safe to remove the evacuation order, residents will be allowed home.

RCMP maintained road blocks in the evacuated area and are conducting ongoing roaming patrols. Members of the public are asked to stay away from evacuated areas to aid in the emergency response. RCMP have indicated zero tolerance for people accessing closed areas.

Check out the map at www.cordemergency.ca/map and search by address to determine if an area or street is under evacuation order.

Information is also available via the https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg and https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/ For more information contact the Information Office at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).