Nearly the entire City of Vernon remains under an evacuation alert as the White Rock Lake wildfire rages on.
The wildfire, which tore through Monte Lake on Thursday, has become “increasingly aggressive,” officials said, and may create ember showers that in turn cause spot fires.
“Large fires like the White Rock Lake wildfire often create their own weather patterns,” said Fire Chief David Lind.
“Sometimes with that comes an increase in debris being cast across a significant distance. Sometimes that debris can be large enough and hot enough to create an ember fire.”
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Although rain has helped to improve the situation, officials said on Saturday that the alert would remain in place for the majority of the city.
Residents are asked to exercise caution, and should prepare for the possibility of an evacuation.
Many areas within the City of Vernon boundaries remain under Evacuation Alert.
The change in weather including the rain has helped the situation improve, but residents are asked to exercise caution and be prepared in the event of an Evacuation Order.https://t.co/ebru5DiWGc pic.twitter.com/oIzMLf0UCw
— City of Vernon (@CityofVernon) August 7, 2021
As of 2 pm PDT on August 7, the only areas that have not been placed on alert are:
- Predator Ridge and Sparkling Hill neighbourhoods
- Okanagan Landing South neighbourhoods (areas of Eastside Road, The Outback, Ellison Provincial Park Inkster, Delcliffe, Whitepoint, Smith Road, Peters Road, Kokanee/Sunset properties, Harbour Heights, Beverly Hills Estates)
- Commonage Area, south of Bench Row Road