UPDATE: Wildland fire along Highway 97 near Clerke Road


(As of 9:30 a.m.) Emergency response continues to a wildland fire along Highway 97 near Clerke Road.

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is responding to the fire with approximately 25 personnel and three water tenders and is providing updates through its interactive wildfire map. As of the time of this release, BCWS estimated the fire to be 20.00 HA in size.

Vernon Fire Rescue (VFRS) assisted in the overnight response with five apparatus and 23 personnel on site. This morning, VFRS has one fire tender on site and continues to assist with response efforts. A unified command that was activated overnight also included fire response from the District of Coldstream, Lavington, BX-Swan Lake and Lake Country, as well as support from the RCMP and BC Ambulance Service.

Evacuation alert and order information is being updated from the District of Coldstream on its website for those who have been placed on notice.

“Last night’s fire was a fast-moving event and involved many emergency response agencies from across the North Okanagan and the BC Wildfire Service,” said Fire Chief David Lind. “Thanks to the quick and coordinated approach by all those involved, firefighters were able to ensure no structures were lost. No injuries were reported as a result of last night’s event.”

The City would like to thank all agencies involved in the overnight response and for those who continue to respond to the fire today, and for the tireless efforts that have helped protect our communities.

To learn about wildfire preparedness and what do to in the event of an evacuation alert or order, please visit PreparedBC’s website.

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Note: This media release was revised as of 11:27 a.m. with updated information from BC Wildfire and its personnel response to the fire.