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Evacuation orders not expected to be lifted Friday evening in Central Okanagan

The region’s emergency centre will provide more information Saturday at 10 a.m.
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the McDougall Creek wildfire in the Central Okanagan Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. (BC Wildfire photo)

After a day in which some evacuation orders were lifted, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre says it does not expect to rescind further orders on Friday evening, Aug. 25, amid active wildfires region-wide.

“Returning residents to their homes is one of our top priorities, and we want to ensure that this is done in the most efficient and timely manner possible,” a statement reads. “Working alongside BC Wildfire Service, we continue to evaluate orders and alerts.”

While the McDougall Creek wildfire remains out of control and more than 12,000 hectares in size, the pair of blazes in Kelowna and Lake Country, respectively, are now considered held.

“Many areas still exist where active firefighting is underway and ongoing dangers like downed power lines, hazardous materials, damaged trees, debris and equipment pose risks.”

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The region’s emergency centre said Friday night that property owners who remain on evacuation order in West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area can now search to see if their property has incurred losses by visiting

People can view the region’s evacuation order and alert map at

More information is expected to be shared at 10 a.m.