Winds whipped up a fire on Westside Road near Shelter Cove Monday night

Winds whipped up a fire on Westside Road near Shelter Cove Monday night

Residents still evacuated because of Westside Road blaze

Westside Road is closed in both directions between Cinnibar Creek and La Casa, homes evacuated

UPDATE 12:55 P.M. –  The evacuation order for the Shelter Cove fire remains in effect for about 70 homes along Westside Road.

Properties affected by the order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road.

The B.C. Wildfire Service reports the fire has grown from 175 to 300 hectares.  The fire is being fought by North Westside and Wilson Landing firefighters and ground and air support from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

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

BC Hydro advises that electricity remains off as a result of the firefighting effort affecting 1,400 customers including many who are not under the evacuation order.

Neither La Casa Resort or Lake Okanagan Resort are under the evacuation order or Alert at this time.

Westside Road is still closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort.

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A wildfire has forced residents out of their home and the closure of Westside Road.

Westside Road is closed in both directions between Denison Road and La Casa because of a lightning-caused fire and no detour is available. Power was also out for nearly 1,400 residents in the area but it has since been restored.

An evacuation order is in place for an area affecting about 70 homes along Westside Road as result of the flare-up Monday night of the Shelter Cove wildfire.

Residents of properties from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Terrace Way, Chalet Crescent, Condo Court, Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road, Central Okanagan Road and Deighton Road are asked to register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Westbank Lions Community Hall.

No properties are on an evacuation alert.  Neither La Casa Resort or Lake Okanagan Resort are affected or under the evacuation order or alert.

For the latest road information visit Drive B.C. at www.drivebc.ca. People are requested to stay away from the immediate area and RCMP is doing traffic control.