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Olala’s Keremeos Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order Canceled

Olala residents can go home.

A week after being evacuated on 4 August, the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District rescinded the evacuation order for the Olala community.

As of the morning of Thursday, August 11, these properties are on evacuation alert for the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

The fire is currently listed on a scale of 6,712 hectares.

Highway 3A will remain closed, but will be open to local traffic only. Checkpoints will continue to be in place for residents or property owners who require access to the Olala area.

Also on Thursday, an evacuation alert was canceled for areas near the villages of Olala and Keremeos.

Parts of Apex Village and Green Mountain Road remain under evacuation orders.

Apex has structural protections.

Conditions were good overnight, says the BC Wildfire Service, which continued hotspots and mopping up through Thursday.

“Isolated thunderstorms are expected in the area this afternoon and overnight, and will reintensify tomorrow afternoon,” they wrote in their update.

“With unstable air masses this afternoon, winds are expected to be light, but irregular and gusty winds are expected near the thunderstorm. I have been instructed to prepare for

The crew will continue to operate along Highway 3A, watching for spot fires and protecting homes.

A total of 333 firefighters are currently assigned to fight the fire.


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Olala’s Keremeos Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order Canceled

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