Okanagan Landing brush fire in mop-up stage; evacuation order rescinded

August 2, 2016

By: Vernon Morning Star

A helicopter has been dumping water on hot spots Sunday morning as flare-ups from the fire have been occurring.

The evacuation order put in place for the Okanagan Landing wildfire Saturday night for about 60 residents of Adventure Bay was rescinded Sunday morning.

Fire broke out sometime after 8:30 p.m. Saturday on a hill near the Tavistock development above Tronson Road.

“The roads are all open and displaced residents are being advised they can return home,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Services Chief Keith Green at 7:15 a.m. Sunday.

The fire was a Rank 3 (in severity from 1 to 5) and ground crews from B.C. Wildfire Service were brought in to help Vernon Fire Rescue crews.

No structures were affected by the fire.

“We have the fire contained but are still mopping up,” said Green.

“We are working with the Ministry of Forests to possibly get a few bucket drops to help with mop-up as the terrain is very, very difficult to access.”

Residents that were evacuated were told to report to the Vernon Recreation Complex where emergency services society (ESS) volunteers set up a reception area, which has since been decommissioned.

“We had 72 people register and we used our group lodging),” said Helen Sinclair, emergency program coordinator for North Okanagan Emergency Management, Sunday morning.

If the fire situation flares up Sunday, the residents have been told they could be evacuated again with 15 minutes notice.

ESS staff and volunteers have been told the same thing, and a reception area would again be established at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

By: Vernon Morning Star

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