The Central Okanagan Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for approximately 4,800 properties in West Kelowna, along with portions of Westbank First Nation land and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, due to the McDougall Creek wildfire. The fire, which is estimated to be 64 hectares, has been classified as a “fire of note” by the BC Wildfire Service, indicating a potential threat to public safety. The evacuation alert has been issued in anticipation of forecasted gusty winds that could worsen fire conditions. Residents are advised to be prepared to obey an evacuation order if necessary.
The McDougall Creek wildfire has doubled in size in a matter of hours, growing from 32 hectares to 64 hectares. It remains out of control and is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of West Kelowna. The BC Wildfire Service has been responding to the fire with crews and helicopters, though visibility has been a challenge due to smoke in the area. Firefighters are working diligently to contain the fire and protect communities.
Ash, burnt twigs, and debris have been falling in parts of West Kelowna due to the nearby wildfire. The West Kelowna Fire Department is in close communication with the BC Wildfire Service and is monitoring conditions closely. They are ready to deploy resources if needed. The plume of smoke from the fire is clearly visible from McDougall Road.
The cause of the McDougall Creek wildfire is currently unknown. The BC Wildfire Service has assigned 23 ground crew members and three helicopters to the fire. The fire is displaying rank three behavior, which is a moderate surface fire. The public is reminded to report any wildfires they see and to stay vigilant for updates and safety instructions from local authorities.