The Nk’Mip Creek wildfire in the South Okanagan was listed at 2,000 hectares on Wednesday morning, the same size it was on Tuesday afternoon.
Located between the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos, the wildfire is still classified as being out of control.
Discovered on Monday afternoon, the fire quickly exploded in size, growing to 700 hectares that day.
And because of the fire’s rapid growth, local governments in the area have issued overlapping evacuation alerts and orders.
Overall, there are 987 properties under evacuation alert and 694 properties under evacuation order.
The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) has issued both an evacuation alert and evacuation order, as have the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB).
The RDKB says it has also issued a state of local emergency in Area E / West Boundary, with 122 properties ordered to evacuate and 304 on alert due to the wildfire.
Nk’Mip Creek wildfire continues to grow in size
Further, the Town of Oliver has an active evacuation alert, while the Town of Osoyoos has declared a state of local emergency.
Within the town of Oliver, there are 20 properties on evacuation alert, but that includes three condo units that contain 125 residences.
According to the town, the reception centre at the Oliver Legion is open and is continuing to receive evacuees with the recent evacuation order expansion in Area A (Anarchist Mountain).
Further, it says South Okanagan Secondary School is being used as a staging area for firefighters.
More to come.
Timelapse of Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire from the South end of Osoyoos Lake
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