Wildfire prompts evacuation alert near Okanagan Falls, BC
Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:54 AM -
An evacuation alert is in effect for several homes five kilometres southwest of Okanagan Falls, BC, in the southern Okanagan.
The White Lake Road fire was reported at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen issued the evacuation notice just before 6 pm.
Twelve properties along Willowbrook Road and Yellow Brick Road are affected and residents have been advised to be ready to leave on short notice.
BC's Wildfire Management Branch says the uncontained fire has scorched just under three-quarters of a square kilometre of grass, sagebrush and open timber in the region not far from the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, about 20 kilometres south of Penticton.
Nearly 40 firefighters, backed by five helicopters and two pieces of heavy equipment battled the suspected human-caused blaze through the night, although gusty winds complicated their efforts.
Additional crews are preparing to join the firefighting efforts, in hopes of building guards around what the Wildfire Management Branch has termed an aggressive blaze.