WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Evacuation Orders for another 300 residences around the Smith Creek fire have been lifted, allowing most residents to return to their homes immediately.
The Emergency Operation Centre has lifted the order for residents in the Tallus Ridge neighbourhood as of 12:00 noon Monday, July 21st.
The only residents who cannot go home live on eight large, rural, private properties about Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods, including properties accessed off Dixie Road.
Those who return to their homes will remain on Evacuation Alert, which means being prepared to leave on a short notice.
Fire continues to burn within the Smith Creek blaze area. Residents are not asked to call 911 as crews are still actively working in the area and monitoring the situation.
West Kelowna RCMP are in the area to ensure an orderly re-entry and enforce road blocks on neighbourhoods where the Evacuation Order is still in effect.
The Emergency Operation Centre asks residents to be cautious around charred power poles and live power lines on the ground, unstable trees, small fires that may flare up without warning and ask pits crewated by burned trees.
The Smith Creek blaze is 260 hectares and 60 per cent continued. Flames are expected to be visible for several weeks.
The Emergency Support Services reception centre at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary will be closed Monday at 6 p.m.
A full list of streets on Evacuation Alert and Evacuation Order can be viewed here www.cordemergency.ca