What is the name and location of the wildfire?
As of August 18, 2023, the “McDougall Creek Wildfire 2023" is burning in the Central Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada (1)(2)(3). The wildfire threatens the McDougall Creek, West Kelowna, and other nearby regions.
Which cities or areas are affected by the wildfire?
The following areas in Central Okanagan, British Columbia are most directly impacted by the McDougall Creek Wildfire:
- West Kelowna
- Rose Valley
- West Kelowna Estates
- Westbank First Nation IR 10 lands
What is the current containment status of the wildfire?
The fire remains very active and unpredictable, and firefighters are diligently working to protect property and infrastructure.
Are there any evacuation orders or alerts in place?
A state of emergency was declared in Kelownadue to the wildfire. Evacuation orders and alerts have been issued for various areas due to the McDougall Creek Wildfire (4)(5)(6).
As of August 18, there are 2,462 properties under Evacuation Order and 4,801 properties under evacuation alert in West Kelowna, Rose Valley, West Kelowna Estates, and properties off Westside Road.
Evacuation centers have been set up for displaced residents, and people are advised to follow directions from emergency personnel and stay informed through official channels.
There has been confirmation of structural loss in West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) areas due to the wildfire. The extent of the structural damage is being assessed.
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How can I protect myself from wildfire smoke?
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- Get a free air quality app for real-time air quality alerts and forecasts.
- Shut doors and windows and set the HVAC to recirculate mode.
- Run a high-performance air purifier to filter wildfire smoke.
- Contribute to your community’s outdoor air quality data.
- Stay indoors; if you do need to go outdoors, wear a KN95/FFP2 mask.