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UPDATE: North Okanagan highway closed due to wildfires

Highway 97 through Falkland is now closed
Highway 97 through Falkland and Westwold is closed due to a wildfire in the area. (DriveBC dashcam)

Another highway has been closed due to wildfires in the area.

Highway 97 between Salmon River Road and Monte Creek is closed for 61.9 kilometres. There is no estimated time of reopening.

Motorists will have to detour via Highway 97A, Highway 97B and Highway 1 (through Salmon Arm).

The closure, 16 kilometres east of Falkland, is due to the White Rock Lake fire.

Westside Road (between Vernon and West Kelowna) is also closed between Pinecrest and Six Mile Creek roads for 8.4 kilometres.

Meanwhile Highway 97A between Sicamous and Enderby (through Grindrod) is now open but a travel advisory is in effect.

There is also a travel advisory on Highway 97A in Sicamous between Mara Heights and Mervyn roads.

Highway 97A is open but DriveBC reminders motorists: “All through traffic cannot stop inside the noted area and must carry on due to wildfire conditions.”

READ MORE: White Rock Lake wildfire activity expected to ramp up with winds in forecast

READ MORE: Entire community of Falkland ordered evacuated due to White Rock Lake wildfire


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Jennifer Smith

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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