UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.
More evacuation orders are being downgraded to alerts in Lake Country. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre made the annoucement about 2 p.m.
The following properties are being moved from evacuation order to alert:
10180 CHASE RD
All properties south of Okanagan Center West, including:
4323, 4375, 4386, 4392, 4444, 4454, 4455, 4486, 4550, 4750, 4950, 4950A, 5150, 5250, 5350, 5450 ,5550, 5750, 5950, 6250, 6450, 6650, 6850, 7250, 7450, and 7650 FINCH RD
4430 GLENMORE RD
1648, 1650, 1651, 1654, 1656, 1660, 1662, 1664, 1666, 1667, 1669, 1771, 1773, 1777, 1780, 1783, 1785, 1787, 1791, 1793, 1795, and 1797 LAKESTONE DR
1500, 1502, 1504, 1506, 1508, 1510, 1512, 1514, 1516, 1518, 1520, 1522 and 1524 MARBLE LEDGE DR
8850A and 8910A OKANAGAN CENTRE RD
8756, 8832, 8850, 8910, 8950, 9050 and 9076 OKANAGAN CENTRE RD W
OPAL PEAK PL
Residents of properties on evacuation alert must be prepared to leave their properties at a moment’s notice and be away from home for an extended period.
Areas and roads under an evacuation order remain closed to the public.
The majority of Lake Country residents were able to head home on Thursday as the Clarke Creek wildfire is now being held.
More than 300 properties were downgraded from evacuation order to alert Thursday evening, meaning they can return home but have to remain ready at a moment’s notice to leave again.
The full list of evacuation orders and alerts, as well as a map to see where the borders of the zones are, can be found on the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre (COEOC) website cordemergency.ca/map.
The Clarke Creek fire is being held, meaning its not expected to grow any further. It reached 370 hectares in size.
Central Okanagan Emergency Operations will release their Friday update via press release instead of press conference.
Transport Canada and the BC Wildfire Service prohibit the use of drones of any size near a wildfire. The operation of any aircraft not associated with fire suppression activities within a radius of five nautical miles around a fire, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), is illegal. Anyone found interfering with wildfire control efforts may face penalties up to $100,000 and or up to one year in jail.
Black Press Media will keep updated throughout the day.