Evacuation orders issued for Cathedral Lakes Lodge

The fire situation in the Similkameen is getting worse...and while Penticton enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, the same could not be said farther south, where dark smoke was rolling through the Oliver and Osoyoos areas yesterday afternoon..

Two major fires the culprits.

The Placer Mountain fire south of Princeton has grown, and is now 2400 hectares in size.

And that has forced an Evacuation Order to be Issued for Cathedral Lakes Lodge.

There's only one road going in and out, and the wildfire poses a heightened risk to human safety.

BC Parks has also closed the entire Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area for hiking. 

All guests and hikers within Cathedral Provincial Park are asked to leave immediately.

The Ashnola Forest Service Road remains closed by the Province of BC past the 25 kilometer marker. 

Meantime, the Snowy Mountain fire south west of Cawston is growing, now almost 6,600 hundred hectares in size. It's thick smoke was clearly visible in the South Okanagan yesterday.

Ranchers has been advised to start removing cattle from the western side of the Similkameen Valley.

The heightened threat has forced the RDOS to expand a precautionary Evacuation Alert for in the Cawston area.

The expanded advisory Evacution Alert includes Crown Land and the Snowy Mountain Protected Area within Electoral Area “B” west of Highway 3 to the border with the US. The expanded area does not include any additional homes or private property.

The purpose of this alert is to prepare all land users in Crown Land west of Cawston to evacuate. This includes ranchers who are advised to bring cattle out of the area as possible.