Hot, Dry Conditions a Challenge on Kelowna Fire
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says the heat and flare-ups posed challenges on the Philpott Road wildfire east of Kelowna on Saturday.
Most of the activity was inside the existing fire boundaries and crews managed to contain 20 percent of the 465 hectare fire while strengthening a guard along the north flank.
Evacuation orders and alerts affecting 1,100 people remained in effect overnight but Highway 33 was opened to single lane, alternating, piloted traffic. Resident were advised that they must respect roadblocks and other closures and exercise caution when driving near people who are working near roadways.
There is good news as FortisBC reports that 435 customers have had their power restored, with crews working to re-establish service to another 45 properties on Philpott Road.
The Emergency Support Services reception centre at Willow Park Church will be open from 12:30 to 5 pm today. Those under an evacuation order are to report to the centre.
And the Red Cross is providing up to $600 financial assistance per household for residents affected by the Philpott Road fire. The Red Cross can be reached at 1-800-863-6582.
Cause of the fire remains under investigation.