Shelter Cove evacuation order downgraded to alert

Westside Road will remain closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort, except to residents

There is good news for some Westside Road residents.

The evacuation order for 70 properties impacted by the Shelter Cove fire has been downgraded to an evacuation alert.

“Residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event that conditions change and the evacuation order is reinstated,” states the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“The fire has 25 per cent containment, however, those returning should be aware that active fire suppression continues in the area west of Westside Road.  The area is not safe for the public and for safety reasons people should stay out.  Visible smoke may continue rising from the fire site.”

Westside Road will remain closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort, except to residents and those staying in the alert area. There will be no through traffic permitted at this time.

Check points at Cinnabar Creek and La Casa will require proof of residency or rental accommodation in the alert area to enter the area.

B.C. Hydro customers who have been without electricity since Monday due to the Westside Road wildfire can expect to have their power restored by 1 p.m. today (Friday) thanks to temporary diesel generating units integrated into the system since Thursday.

The generating units will provide continuous power to all customers that have been receiving power on a rotational basis and to the La Casa subdivision. About 100 customers directly in the fire zone will remain without power until B.C. Hydro is able to repair our equipment in the area impacted by the fire.