So, checking the news channels, I’ve got this for now….
Ministry of Forests and Range say fire is 18 hectares in size and is contained below the highway. 14 firefighters, 5 helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment are on scene. Calm winds are slowing fire behaviour.
The plumes of smoke have certainly dissipated, (I think that’s the right word!) and is nothing more than small’ish white cloud of smoke.
So, for now, we’re kind of out of the woods, as they say…..
The word is that the fire is now at 15 hectares, so it’s still growing.
And to make matters worse, some people are taking the logging roads to try and get round the Hwy 97 closed route….. then getting lost, stretching the RCMP resources further.
More news as I get it….
I don’t see any planes, or "water choppers", so it would appear, from our view, that it’s under control for now…. it’s been very hot and dry for a few days now though, so, we wait and see. We have had some serious winds over the last 24 hours, but fortunately, they have died down a little for now, which will help….
Fire crews are currently battling a wildfire that is burning in the Drought Hill area just south of Gorman’s Mill.
The fire, which appears to have started near Seclusion Bay has crept up the hill close to Highway 97.
Reports indicate people are being evacuated from Seclusion Bay Road. Evacuees are being taken to the Westbank Community Hall.
There are reports the fire has crossed the road, forcing some residents to go back to the lake.
Rescue crews are evacuating residents by water utilizing two rescue craft.
Air tankers from the Ministry of Forests have been called in.
Weather conditions are extremely gusty. They appear to be out of the west.
The forecast for Monday is calling for winds gusting from the southwest at 50/km an hour.
Traffic is stalled southbound on Highway 97 at the Okanagan Connector.
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