Evacuation alert continues for Westside Road blaze

Overnight, firefighters and equipment will remain at the Cinnabar Creek site

The evacuation alert for the Cinnabar Creek wildfire on Westside Road remains in effect overnight.

That means that residents and visitors affected by the alert at Lake Okanagan Resort, Camp Owaissi and Camp Mewata must be prepared to leave with short notice should fire conditions change.

The wildfire is estimated by B.C. Wildfire Service at 2.8 hectares in size. It was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday and saw an immediate response from two area fire departments.

Overnight, firefighters and equipment from several agencies will remain on site to monitor the fire, conduct patrols and deal with any hot spots. Structural firefighters from the Wilson’s Landing and North Westside departments are being supported by those from West Kelowna Fire Rescue and about 20 firefighters from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“Be aware that during the overnight hours there may be smoke, visible flame and reduced visibility throughout the area,” states Central Okanagan Emergency Operations.

It’s anticipated the next update on the fire will be delivered after 9 a.m. Thursday after an assessment is done on overnight progress and a determination is made on a plan of attack.

A portion of Westside Road will remain closed overnight.

RCMP have set up roadblocks for all traffic on Westside Road, north of Lake Okanagan Resort and just south of Denison Road. Residents are still able to access Dennison Road.

For the latest road information please visit the Drive BC website, www.drivebc.ca.