by Darcy McElveny

Expansion of Evacuation Alert for south Similkameen Valley Due to Snowy Mountain Fire
The Snowy Mountain wildfire has increased in size and BC Wildfire recommends a precautionary Evacuation Alert for the Cawston and Keremeos areas. There is the potential for burning embers to float several kilometers, sparking fires along the valley bottom. Ash and thick smoke is already visible in the Similkameen due to wildfires in the area. No properties have been evacuated at this time and residents may stay in their homes.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is expanding a precautionary Evacuation Alert to 481 additional properties due to the threat of the Snowy Mountain Protected Area wildfire K51238. This precautionary Evacuation Alert includes all homes south and west of Highway 3 from 1143 Highway 3, south of Cawston, to the Fas Gas Plus service station at 3163 Highway 3, west of Keremeos. This includes selected homes within Electoral Area “B”, Electoral Area “G” and the Village of Keremeos closest to the Snow Mountain wildfire.
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is also issuing Evacuation Alerts for their band members and residents. – Source EOC (RDOS)
Pictures taken at K and C Silviculture -south of Oliver

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