West Kelowna Fire Continues To Burn

More smoke has been seen billowing from the southern flank of the Shelter Cover wildfire.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, air tankers are actioning the area. Residents need not contact 911 about this.

A resident of Carrs Landing, across the lake, where numerous residents have been watching the action from the waterfront, said many were puzzled today why so few water bombers were working the fire.

Despite some movement, the fire remains at 430 hectares in size. Approximately 70 homes along Westside Road remain on evacuation order.

Properties affected by the order include those from 3595 Westside Rd. north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. The address range has been adjusted to correspond to the map and Declaration of Local Emergency and correct a previous oversight in addresses that are impacted by the evacuation.

At this point in fighting the active fire, there are no structures known to be lost.

BC Hydro crews have not been able to access the impacted area, but the fire has passed through some of Hydro’s equipment. It is not safe for BC Hydro crews to enter the area at this time to assess any potential damage.

BC Hydro is taking steps to ensure it is prepared to respond if there is damage to its infrastructure, including the assembly of materials, crews, designers and other experts who may be required. In the meantime, crews continue work to restore power to as many customers as possible.

Tuesday night, they were able to switch some customers to another circuit, restoring power to 300.

The utility has also been instrumental in helping the Regional District of Central Okanagan continue providing services with delivery of a generator and related equipment.

Westside Road remains closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort.


Source: http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story--101-.htm

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