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Several evac orders and alerts rescinded in West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations (CORD) was able to rescind several evacuation orders and alerts in connection to the McDougall Creek wildfire Monday evening.

The orders were lifted for 25 properties along Westside Road that are within City of West Kelowna boundaries, which will be listed at the bottom of this story.

CORD also rescinded the alerts for all remaining areas of Westbank First Nation, as well as some sections of Lower Glenrosa, Smith Creek and Westbank Centre, Shannon Lake and West Kelowna Business Park.

You can see an up to date map of areas that remain under evacuation orders and alerts by visiting the CORD website.

<who>Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service

“Crews are working diligently to remove hazards, restore infrastructure and reduce fire risks to make remaining evacuation order areas safe for return,” CORD said in a release.

“Many areas still exist where active firefighting is underway and ongoing dangers like downed power lines, hazardous materials, damaged trees, debris and equipment pose risks.”

CORD reminded residents returning home to areas with full-to-partial structural loss on some properties that they must not trespass on neighbouring properties.

“Respect the privacy of those who have experienced loss or damage,” the release noted.

The latest size estimate for the McDougall Creek wildfire is a hair under 14,000 hectares.

There are 125 firefighters, 38 operational staff, 35 pieces of heavy equipment, nine helicopters and six structure protection personnel assigned to the fire, along with BC Hydro technicians and RCMP.

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