• Monday , 26 September 2022

Maxwell Rd evacuation alert rescinded

UPDATE: On Friday afternoon BC Wildfire Service designated the Jack Creek wildfire as ‘being held’, and the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has rescinded the Evacuation Alert for 17 Central Okanagan West Electoral Area properties along Maxwell Rd (4305-4495) .

UPDATE 5:33 p.m: Throughout the day BC Wildfire crews have continued to work on the estimated 7.3-hectare Jack Creek wildfire near Mt. Miller and the Trepanier area of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

As this is still an active fire, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre note the evacuation alert issued for 17 Maxwell Rd properties remains in effect.

 

Jack Creek Wildfire evacuation alert area. Map CORD Emergency.

Residents on 17 properties along Maxwell Rd (4305-4495) in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area are on a precautionary evacuation alert this evening  at the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service responding to the Jack Creek wildfire located north of the Connector above Peachland.

Jack Creek Wildfire. Map BC Wildfire.

The fire is currently estimated at 4.5 hectares in size and is suspected to have been caused by lightning. Airtankers and helicopters responded along with crews attended earlier this evening. BC Wildfire last described it as “a visible surface fire with occasional candling and a moderate rate of spread (rank 2-3)”.

CORD Emergency Operations have posted an interactive map on CORDemergency.ca/map where you can search by street address to determine if you are affected. 

Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents. 

An update on the alert is expected mid-morning Thursday, Sep 8 after consulting with BC Wildfire.

The Emergency Operations Centre says residents of the area should be prepared to obey an evacuation order if required. 

Emergency response personnel request that the public avoid the Maxwell Rd alert area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties.

 

 

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