A wildfire north of Lake Okanagan resort is burning at this hour on Westside Road.
The BC Wildfire Service says no buildings are currently threatened, and the Central Okanagan Regional District says firefighters and equipment will remain on scene overnight to monitor the blaze.
Firefighters from Wilson’s Landing and North Westside departments are being backed up by crews from West Kelowna Fire Rescue and about 20 firefighters from the BC Wildfire Service.
CORD says smoke and flame may be visible overnight, and that another update will be provided at 9 am.
As of right now, the BC Wildfire Service say crews are holding the blaze at 2.8 hectares.
The blaze broke out about 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.
Global Okanagan’s Blaine Gaffney says crews have been trying to get it under control ever since.
“The forest service of course, their motto is hit it hard, hit it fast… They’ve brought in a couple of big air tankers that are making retardant drops. They’ve got several of those skimmer planes that are taking water from Okanagan Lake which is just below us so that’s very handy.”
Local Steve Wright says boaters in the area are being asked to move out, and people have already begun leaving.
“I think most of them are out from the looks of it… A little while ago there were people on the docks, people grabbing their boats and taking off, but it’s pretty orderly at this point.”
Meanwhile an evacuation alert remains in place for parts of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, that includes Okanagan Lake Resort, Lake Owaissi Youth Camp and Camp Metawa.
Provincial crews battling growing wildfire, north of Lake Okanagan Resort. High temps (36°C) & strong winds in area. pic.twitter.com/AAHYjiTqZb— Miguel Ramos (@MRamosTV) August 17, 2016