Wildfire near West Kelowna forces evacuation order

Mount Law wildfire now estimated at 200 hectares

A new wildfire has broken out north of Peachland in the Interior. The fire, known as the Mount Law wildfire, has grown quickly from a spot fire to at least 200 hectares in size.

The blaze has forced an evacuation order and a local state of emergency for the City of West Kelowna.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has issued the order for properties in the immediate area of the fire.

The properties on Evacuation Order are:

4713 MacKinnon Road

5000 Glenrosa Road (Bull Mountain Resort – formerly Crystal Mountain Resort)

4425 Glenrosa Road (Telemark Nordic Club)

3237 to 3530 Carre Road

3237 to 3512 Corine Road

3372 to 3725 Emerald Road

3496 Fenton Road

3318 to 3475 Gill Road

3280 to 3802 Glenrosa Road

3301 to 3583 McKellar Road

3230 to 3525 Preston Road

3325 to 3770 Turnbull Road

In addition, all properties in the Glenrosa neighbourhood are now on evacuation alert. Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.

The flames from this fire are very visible from Highway 97C.

Helicopters are gathering water from Okanagan Lake and dropping it on the fire to try and prevent it from spreading further.

Air tankers have also been called in and crews from the BC Wildfire Service and West Kelowna firefighters are also on the scene.

It has been a very dry and blustery weekend throughout much of B.C. and concerns about new fires igniting remain very high.

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