Okanagan Centre Fire 80 Percent Contained

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:45am

Central Okanagan, B.C. – Crews continue to make progress on the Okanagan Centre Fire. The blaze is now 80% contained up from 75% yesterday. Ongoing efforts were helped by favourable weather overnight.

Ground crews will continue extinguishing spot fires and conducting danger tree assessments and falling in fire impacted areas throughout the day Tuesday. As soon as it is safe to remove the evacuation order, residents will be allowed home.

An Evacuation Order remains in place for Nighthawk Road, Long Road and Tyndall Road from south of 10810 to the end of the pavement. Jack Seaton Park and trails remain closed. Approximately 58 properties remain on Evacuation Order. No Evacuation Alerts are in place at this time.

RCMP are maintaining 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 and avoid hazards created by the fire. 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).