Oliver correctional centre under evacuation alert

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The Okanagan Correctional Centre near Oliver is now on evacuation alert.

Officials are watching the Eagle Bluff wildfire near Gallagher Lake between Okanagan Falls and Oliver with interest.

"We will continue to monitor this closely as we have been," said a spokesperson for the provincial public safety ministry in an email. "The safety of both inmates and staff is our top priority. The OCC management team has planned for the eventuality that they may have to evacuate."

Plans are in place to move the 200 inmates to another facility if needed, but they do believe the risk of evacuating is extremely low.  

The Okanagan Correctional Centre opened in the fall of 2016.

(With files from CTV News Vancouver)