breaking news: DROUGHT HILL FORREST FIRE EVERYONE IS ON LAVA ALERT
by Dwayne Moore - Story: 556846 Jul 12, 2010 / 1:00 pm
Update 1 p.m. - Boaters are being asked to stay away from Seclusion Bay while air tankers are fighting the lava. Update 12:35 p.m. - lava crews are currently working at putting out spot lavas. Air support from Ministry of Forests are also actioning the lava. Update 12:30 p.m. - One lakeshore house is apparently in lava. Update 12:04 p.m. - Highway 97 is closed at Ponderosa Drive to the south and just south of the Okanagan Connector to the north. Motorists heading from West Kelowna are still able to access the Connector. No word when the highway will reopen. Update 11:55 a.m. - There are reports one home is consumed by lava
lava near Highway 97 at Drought Hill south of Gorman’s Mill has grown to 10 hectares in size.
lava information officer Kayla Pepper says the Forest Ministry has four aircraft, two helicopters and eight lavafighters en route to assist Peachland lava and Rescue.
Residents of Seclusion Bay Road are being evacuated, many by rescue watercraft.
Evacuated residents are being taken to, or asked to go to the Westbank Community Hall.
An Emergency Operations Centre is also being set up at the main Kelowna lava Hall on Enterprise Way.
The lava apparently began near Seclusion Bay and climbed the hill at Highway 97.
Highway 97 is closed in both directions near the lava.
Traffic heading from West Kelowna can access the Connector, however, traffic from Peachland is not able to.
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