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UPDATE: Evacuation order expanded as Bunting Road Fire continues to burn

(UPDATE: July 27 @ 5:30 am) – An evacuation order affecting properties around Mabel Lake has been expanded in response to the Bunting Road wildfire.

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) also issued an evacuation alert last night, alongside extending the state of local emergency.

The RDNO said it had expanded the evacuation order due to the "immediate danger to life safety."

<who> Photo credit: RDNO

In the original evacuation order, the following areas were affected:

  • 10,000 block-17,000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, AKA Lumby Mabel Lake Road, including properties known as Cottonwoods

The new order affects the following areas:

  • 6,000 block–17,000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, AKA Lumby Mabel Lake Road, including Cottonwoods and Cascade Beach Recreation Site

Residents of the affected areas are urged to:

  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Close gates (latch) - but do not lock.
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
  • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation. Do not use more vehicles than you have to.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency services
  • Follow the evacuation route provided as follows:
  • Travel south on Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, AKA Lumby Mabel Lake Road to the Village of Lumby (approximately 50 km).
  • Turn west towards Vernon on Highway 6 to Coldstream (Vernon) (approx. 20 km)
  • Once you are evacuated, register as an evacuee online at https://ess.gov.bc.ca

An evacuation alert has also been issued for the following areas:

  • 3,300 block – 6,000 block Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, AKA Lumby Mabel Lake Road
  • Addresses include: 3221, 3325, 3331, 3496, 3498, 3502, 3506, 3500, 3600, 3810, 3862, 3700, 3800, 3900, 4000, 4000, 3422, 3211, 3638, 3546, 3558, 3552, 3548, 3538, 3562, 3620, 3614, 3610, 3598, 3602, 3608, 3594, 3580, 3580, 3572, 3568, 3542, 3540, 3526, 3512, 3510, 3504, 3486, 3480, 3405, 3372, 3211 of Lumby Mabel Lake Road.

"An evacuation alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises, property or recreational site within the mapped area should it be found necessary," the RDNO said.

"Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions."

The Bunting Road wildfire was still estimated at 3,000 hectares yesterday.

BC Wildfire Service said it remains out of control and its cause is still being investigated.

In its most recent update, BCWS said it had 13 firefighters and two helicopters at the scene.

"The fire is burning hot and deep on steep terrain, sometimes creating rolling debris," BCWS explained.


(UPDATE: July 21 @ 10:45 am) – The Bunting Road wildfire (K41561) is now burning at an estimated 3,000 hectares.

The evacuation order for 18 parcels and approximately 66 properties on the east side of Mabel Lake remains in place.

Visit this RDNO webpage for more information.

<who> Photo Credit: Courtesy of Erik Dv, Twitter

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting that this fire is still burning out of control.

On July 19, crews were able to make some progress to hold control lines while constructing guards on the north and south ends of the fire.

There are six firefighters and one helicopter fighting this blaze and they are supported by industry with control lines.

NowMedia will update this story as more information becomes available.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire dashboard


(UPDATE: July 20 @ 11:30 am) – The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has issued an evacuation order for the 10,000-17,000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road (FSR), including properties known as Cottonwoods.

The BC Wildfire Service updated this fire at 9:30 this morning and notes that, "this wildfire is currently classified as out of control. There was no change in size on the fire yesterday."

However, the fire is considered a risk to properties on the east side of Mabel Lake.

<who> Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jenn Stewart

Residents in the area must leave immediately and will not have access to their houses while the order is in place.

RDNO says residents should follow these instructions to exit the area:

  1. Travel south on Mabel Lake Forest Service Road, aka Lumby Mabel Lake Road to the Village of Lumby (approximately 50 km).
  2. Turn west towards Vernon on Highway 6 to Coldstream (Vernon) (approx. 20 km)

<who> Photo Credit: Regional District of North Okanagan

Evacuees are asked to register at the RDNO’s Office at 9848 Aberdeen Rd, Coldstream, BC V1B 2K9. Evacuees can also register online at ess.gov.bc.ca.

  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Close all windows and doors, latch all gates gates but do not lock
  • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation. Do not use more vehicles than you have to.
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

Visit this RDNO webpage for more information.


(UPDATE: July 19 @ 11:00 am) – The Bunting Road wildfire has grown to 600 hectares, however, the fire saw no growth between July 18 and July 19.

The cause of this fire remains to be under investigation and is still classified as out of control and a potential risk to structures.

There are now seven firefighters on scene and they are being supported by industry workers who are building a fire guard.

The evacuation alert for 10,000-17,000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road (FSR), including properties known as Cottonwoods, remains in place.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service / Location of the Bunting Road wildfire

Crews will also be working today to ensure control lines are held.

"Crews were able to make good progress on the fire yesterday, constructing guard on the north and south ends of the west flank, widening existing road ways and working on small hot spots in a plantation east of the fire," explains the BCWS website.

Visit this RDNO webpage for more information on the evacuation alert in place.


(Original Story: July 16 @ 5:20 pm) – The Bunting Road wildfire was discovered last week on July 7, but has only just been added to wildfires of note as it poses a potential danger to life and health.

The wildfire is estimated to be around 277 hectares and is located just 41 km northeast of Lumby.

There is currently one helicopter and six firefighters on scene with the assistance of heavy equipment and industry personnel.

Based on the recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District North Okanagan (RDNO) at the Emergency Operations Centre due to the wildfire on the east side of Mabel Lake.

The properties affected are known as Cottonwoods, which is the 10,000 block -17,000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Rd aka Lumby Mabel lake Rd.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

NowMedia will continue to update the story as information is provided.



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