Hundreds of more homes — including the entire community of Falkland along Highway 97 — have been ordered evacuated due to the growing White Rock Lake wildfire.
The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has issued an evacuation order for Falkland, located 73 kilometres east of Kamloops, including the Cedar Creek and Pinaus Lake areas. In addition to the order, the evacuation alert in the area has been expanded to include Silver Creek, Deep Creek and Gardom Lake.
Residents are asked to register at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort in Salmon Arm and to call the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District Emergency Operations Centre at 250-833-3350 for more information.
Properties from 6547 to 6899 Six Mile Creek Road are not impacted by the order.
The Okanagan Indian Band has expanded its existing evacuation order for addresses located between 11497 Smith Crescent and 11071 Westside Road/Mud Hole Road, westward to the reserve boundary.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 271 more homes near Westwold and Monte Creek. The order includes the following addresses:
• 5644 to 5737 Back Rd;
• 4732 to 4754 Buff Frontage Rd;
• 6607 to 6725 Bulman Rd;
• 6539 Douglas Lake Rd;
• 3526 to 6975 Hwy 97;
• 4120 to 4249 Kristianson Rd;
• 3787 to 3862 Mill Rd;
• 3754 to 3903 Monte Lake Rd;
• 3928 to 5070 Paxton Valley Rd;
• 6639 Pringle Rd;
• 6572 and 6593 Service Rd;
• 4294 Strong Rd;
• 5469 to 5545 Westlund Rd;
• 6365 to 6504 Westwold Station Rd; and
• any properties within the boundary outlined on the map below.
The White Rock Lake wildfire is at an estimated 32,500 hectares in size.
Wind is set to increase activity in the White Rock Lake wildfire beginning on Thursday (Aug. 5), according to the BC Wildfire Service. Sustained 25 km/h southwesterly winds, gusting up to 40 km/h, are forecast to begin as early as the afternoon.
Evacuation orders remain in effect for almost 700 properties across five separate areas: Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Regional District of Central Okanagan, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, Regional District of North Okanagan and Okanagan Indian Band lands. Thousands more properties remain on evacuation alert.