The alert is on the south side of Shuswap Lake – directly across from the Lower East Adams Lake blaze – and includes the areas of Blind Bay, Balmoral, Notch Hill and Carl. Read Global News https://globalnews.ca/news/9907136/bc-wildfires-sorrento-evacuation-alert/
Saturday, August 19, 2023 Update
Cabin Radio: Northwest Territories government says over 19,000 have been evacuated from Yellowknife
The NWT government believes more than 19,000 people have successfully fled Yellowknife and the surrounding area as a wildfire draws closer.
In all, the Yellowknife region had a population of 22,243 at the last official estimate.
The NWT’s environment and communities minister, Shane Thompson, said about 1,000 of those remaining are essential staff. Read more
Residents in Kelowna and West Kelowna who were actually able to get some sleep through the night are once again waking up to the sounds of helicopters overhead, as air support returns to fight the massive fires burning in the area.
Many of the thousands of people who've been evacuated in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country are waking Saturday morning, anxiously waiting to learn if their homes remain standing, as the rising sun burns bright pink through the smoky skies.
While officials have yet to confirm any numbers, Castanet watched as several homes were destroyed by the McDougall Creek fire above Westside Road, near Highway 97, Friday afternoon. This came after much of Traders Cove and Bear Creek Road were destroyed the night before.
As the fire remains very active and unpredictable, firefighters continue to work on interface areas of McDougall Creek to protect property and infrastructure in West Kelowna. https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/Wildfire/Nearly_5_000_properties_on_evac_alert_as_wildfire_north_of_West_Kelowna_grows_to_64_hectares/
Wildfire posted Aug 18, 2023 @ 12:30am by Megan Trudeau
Houses destroyed in Traders Cove, people took to the lake to escape flames
It’s been a terrifying night so far for West Kelowna and Kelowna residents as fire crews continue to battle the McDougall Creek wildfire.
The fire started moving down towards Westside Road this evening, spreading north rapidly on the west side of Okanagan Lake. All of Rose Valley and West Kelowna Estates residents were told to leave immediately.
"Hotel accommodations in Vernon are extremely limited," the City of Vernon noted in a release. "Evacuees are strongly encouraged to reach out to family or friends for assistance as a primary option."
Reuters on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K172vQgRVQ
Cabin Radio reports -- Friday is set to offer a critical 24 hours in the Northwest Territories’ race to evacuate its capital before a wildfire can reach Yellowknife’s city limits.
Around 20,000 residents were told on Wednesday evening to get out by noon on Friday.
Thousands have made the trip by car but around 5,000 people without vehicles are being gradually airlifted to safety, a mission held up by a weather delay on Thursday.
By Thursday evening, 1,500 people had been taken out on mercy flights – and more on scheduled flights, some of which are still running while others have been scrapped.
(Below) Thursday night: Flight Radar is showing very few planes coming into Yellowknife, considering 20,000 people have to evacuate. Other communities have to evacuate nearby as well. Right now, this large plane, Swoop, is coming in from Edmonton. A WestJet is coming in from Calgary, where many people are being evacuated to. After price gouging was exposed on Twitter, showing a price of more than $4,000, to fly out, airlines quickly dropped their fares late today. A couple hours ago, WestJet had flights out for $90. Air Canada's flight out to Calgary at 7 am, Friday, for $224 has a three-hour delay. -- Censored News
Northwest Territories government said:
"There are currently 21 evacuation flights with nearly 2,000 seats available scheduled on Friday, August 18. Depending on the turnaround of flights and need, additional flights can be organized for Saturday, August 19."
Evacuation routes and flights
Cabin Radio live Thursday:
The Yellowknife Women’s Society took matters into its own hands, chartering an aircraft of its own to get people at its Spruce Bough and Women’s Centre facilities, plus the Salvation Army shelter, out of the city.
“We have arranged special transportation and accommodations and extra support for these participants, and they are currently out of Yellowknife and en route,” society chair Katy Pollock told Cabin Radio by email.
A mercy flight taking Yellowknife hospital patients to safety was canceled on Thursday, leaving nurses unsure how they’ll safely leave in the face of an oncoming wildfire.
Yellowknife residents have been ordered to exit the city and head south before noon on Friday, but nurses told Cabin Radio they are now being told to stay with no advice as to when a rearranged flight might depart.
Why Thursday’s planned flight for patients did not take place has not been made clear, but the NWT’s health authority acknowledged it had “aborted” such an attempt, saying evacuations are complex in nature.
“Staging of a small number of patients for transport had begun today and then was aborted as NTHSSA was informed of changes,” the authority said, using an initialism for itself.
Alberta has set up three official evacuee reception centers for those leaving by road but the closest is more than 1,100 km (680 miles) from Yellowknife.
The deadline for residents to leave Yellowknife is noon on Friday (1800 GMT).
Yellowknife Mayor Rebecca Alty said special teams were clear-cutting trees close to the city in an effort to prevent flames from spreading. They also planned to use fire retardant while ensuring sprinkler systems are working, she told the CBC.
Canada's two largest airlines said they were adding flights from Yellowknife and capping fares following outrage on social media about some soaring prices.
Some of the evacuees will be flown to Calgary, in Alberta. Iain Bushell, Calgary's emergency management director, said the city could accommodate and feed 5,000 people.
"We are prepared to house them and help them for as long as they need," he told a televised briefing.
In a social media post, the Northwest Territories fire service said a fire that had been threatening Hay River, a community of some 3,000 further south on Great Slave Lake, had stalled overnight.
So far about 134,000 square km (52,000 square miles) of land in Canada have been scorched, more than six times a 10-year average. Nearly 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate at some point this season.
Central Okanagan BC, Canada: Leave Immediately Evacuation Order -- All properties along Westside Road from Traders Cove to Nahun are now under Evacuation Order due the McDougall Creek Wildfire. Evacuees must leave the area immediately and evacuate northward on Westside Road towards Vernon.
For more information: https://www.cordemergency.ca/updates/evacuation-area-expanded-north-nahun-evacuation-alert-expands-killiney-beach-thu-08172023-2052