Campers Flee Fire, But Campground Undamaged
Officials ordered people to leave 106 homes in the small lakefront community of Trader’s Cove, British Columbia, about nine miles northwest of Kelowna, in the wake of a forest fire, while campers were cleared out of the Bear Creek provincial campsite nearby, The Canadian Press reported.
More than 100 high school seniors, who had gathered for an outdoor grad party Monday night, were also forced out of the area.
No one has been hurt, no homes have been damaged and the campground has not been affected by any flames.
Fire Information Officer Lindsay Carnes said the fire began in a hard-to-reach area. “The fire started in an inaccessible canyon and air support wasn’t possible because of the night time, so we can’t fly the air tankers and helicopters at night,” she said.
Helicopters began attacking the fire at dawn, but their efforts were hindered by thick smoke.
Jason Luciw of the District of West Kelowna said firefighters on the ground have managed to keep the blaze contained so far, with the flames charring about several acres.
Evacuees have been moved to an emergency reception center in a community hall in the Westbank town center.
The cause of the fire is not known.