Mayor confident fire under control

Spallumcheen’s mayor is convinced a wildfire is under control.

Crews have been battling the blaze near Hutley Road since Thursday afternoon.

“The fire chief says they have a good fire guard up,” said Mayor Janice Brown at 7 p.m.

“It’s smoldering and the chief is confident we’re good.”

However, Brown says an evacuation alert will remain in place overnight and be reassessed Friday morning.

An evacuation alert was issued for the following areas:

Twin Firs Mobile Home Park

Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park

Belva’s Mobile Home Park

Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park

McLennan Road

Keddleston Road

“They have told all of us here in the parks that we are on alert, but next knock on the door means we have to get out of here,” said Chelaine McInroy, a resident of Belva’s Mobile Home Park. “I’m pretty stressed. I only bought this place a month ago. I mean, it made it a little easier to pack up because everything was still in boxes, but it’s obviously very stressful. This is our home.”

Robbie MacReady, a longtime resident of Belva’s, is nervous about the alert.

“I’ve lived here for 31 years, loved the park, but when it comes that the fire is close to home, I’m kind of nervous,” MacReady said.

Along with the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department, the response has included BX-Swan Lake and Coldstream firefighters as well as the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“We’re grateful and thankful for everyone being there ASAP,” said Brown, who also has praise for township staff who established an emergency operations centre.

Just Posted

MP announces intention to run

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold sets sights on 2019 federal election

Community paramedicine coming to Sicamous

Paramedics to begin delivering new program in December

Tap turned off in Cedar Heights

Crews are working to repair a broken water main.

Summerland mayor receives dead rats

Two rodents have been delivered to Peter Waterman’s doorstep

Vernon one of Canada’s most dangerous places

Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm also make Maclean’s list

Okanagan ski hills open for the season

Both Big White and Silverstar Resort open for the 2017-18 season Thursday

Actors needed for Shuswap Theatre production

Auditions for Norm Foster’s Opening Night take place in the first week of December.

False killer whale ‘Chester’ dies at Vancouver Aquarium

He was found stranded near Tofino in July 2014 and only had a 10 per cent chance of making it at the time

Cougar confronts man in Clearwater

Clearwater resident Barry Joneson had a close encounter of the cougar kind

Panda picks Argonauts for the win

Giant panda at the Toronto Zoo picks Argos to win Grey Cup on Sunday

Black Friday fervour wanes as some consumers, retailers shun practice

Some businesses are choosing to opt out, while some shoppers are turning to buying online

Stay safe on B.C. roads this holiday season

RCMP warn drivers to plan a safe ride home or suffer the consequences this holiday season

Trudeau apologizes to excluded residential school students

PM makes statement to former students in Nfld who were left out of previous compensation, apology

Most Read