Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evacuation Remains in Effect around Bear Creek Wildfire near West Kelowna, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Evacuation Remains in Effect around Bear Creek Wildfire near West Kelowna, B.C

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No immediate end to evacuation around B.C. blaze

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WEST KELOWNA, B.C. - Visitors forced to flee from a campsite in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley ahead of a raging wildfire on Sunday night will have a chance to retrieve abandoned items.

The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who left vehicles, trailers, tents and other gear as Bear Creek Provincial Park was evacuated were being allowed to temporarily return to reclaim their belongings.

But an evacuation order remained in effect for more than 100 properties surrounding the park, about 10 kilometres north of West Kelowna, above the northwest shores of Okanagan Lake.

An update from the regional district says the wildfire, which was less than one square kilometre in size, was still active and it was not safe to reopen Westside Road in the area or return to properties nearest the fire lines. …

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