The Regional District of Central Okanagan Doesn’t Expect Changes to Evacuation Orders

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) has stated that they do not foresee any changes to the status of properties under evacuation orders or alerts on Sunday. Currently, there are 283 properties in the RDCO Electoral Area West and 122 properties in the City of West Kelowna that remain under evacuation orders.

These areas were heavily impacted by the McDougall Creek Wildfire and are either remote, topographically challenging, or near active wildfire areas. Temporary accesses are not permitted at this time.

Restoration and recovery work has been ongoing throughout the weekend. BC Hydro workers have been assigned the task of replacing power lines, poles, and other equipment, with over 70% of the work completed so far.

Efforts are also being made to restore natural gas and water services, assess and remove danger trees, assess slopes, and remove hazardous materials from public property and rights of way. The McDougall Creek wildfire, which caused the evacuations, is estimated to be 13,970.4 hectares and remains out of control. Planned ignition operations have caused a slight increase in size, but these will not be taking place on Sunday due to warmer weather conditions.

Weather continues to be a challenge for firefighting efforts, with warmer and dry conditions. Stronger winds are expected, with humidity values dropping to 20% or less and temperatures rising to 28 degrees Celsius or higher. Bucket operations will support fire crews on the ground, and ground crews will focus on mopping up and patrolling all sides of the fire.

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