Yesterday, British Columbia experienced a big jump in wildfire evacuation alerts with more than 6,700 properties being added to the list. Dry hot conditions over the weekend in Central Okanagan acted as fuel to the flames of the White Rock Lake Fire. Currently, it is estimated to be 64,720 hectares and B.C. officials classified it as out of control.
Preliminary data in the area found roughly 70 properties in the Ewings Landing and Killiney areas have been severely damaged. Emergency operation center staff will contact any property owners on Tuesday if their property was damaged. At least 12 properties on Osoyoos Indian Band Land were either destroyed or damaged.
The deputy forest minister, Rick Manwaring said the total amount of damaged homes have not been identified on a provincial level. In West Kelowna, there is an 800-hectare Mount Law fire burning within the city. Many homes in Glenrosa have been damaged, leaving 1000 people displaced from their homes. Chief Bryon Louis of Okanagan Indian Band said “One of the most common comments you hear from our members that are displaced is can’t sleep.”
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