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Regional district expands evacuation order for Nk’Mip Creek wildfire

Click to play video: 'Tension in South Okanagan as Nk’Mip fire threatens homes' Tension in South Okanagan as Nk’Mip fire threatens homes
The Nk'Mip fire continued to threaten homes and businesses in the South Okanagan, Thursday, burning near the towns of Oliver and Osooyoos. Still, businesses that rely on tourist dollars are doing everything they can to maintain operations. Paul Johnson reports.

An evacuation order has been expanded for the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen says RCMP will be expediting the evacuation order, which previously came close to the U.S. border, but is now flush against it.

Click to play video: 'Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire moves into Oliver neighborhood' Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire moves into Oliver neighborhood
Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire moves into Oliver neighborhood

Read more: Firefighters scramble to save homes as Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C. flares up

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The fire is currently listed at 2,000 hectares, but BC Wildfire says smoky skies have prevented aerial crews from getting a true read on how big the blaze is.

To view the expanded evacuation order, visit this website. It’s believed more than 100 properties in Electoral Area A have been added to the order.

A map showing the expanded portion of the evacuation order on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
A map showing the expanded portion of the evacuation order on Thursday, July 22, 2021. RDOS

The regional district says all evacuees are asked to register online with Emergency Support Services.

“Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends if possible,” said the RDOS. “Take pets with you if you can.”

Click to play video: 'Timelapse of Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C.' Timelapse of Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C.
Timelapse of Nk’Mip Creek wildfire near Osoyoos, B.C.

There are also some road closures throughout the area.

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In related news, the Osoyoos Indian Band also updated its evacuation order late Wednesday.

The update now includes:

  • The Residences, at 2000 Valleyview Drive
  • 600 Rancher Creek Road
  • Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, 1000 Rancher Creek Road
  • Spirit Ridge Resort, 1200 Rancher Creek Road
  • Sonora Dunes Golf Course, 1300 Rancher Creek Road
  • Nk’Mip Winery, 1400  Rancher Creek Road

Also Thursday, the RDOS says information from the BC Wildfire Service says there has been some damage reported to power lines, and that BC Wildfire is working with Fortis to restore power to affected homes.

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