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B.C. fires: Westside Road fire near Shelter Cove area of West Kelowna continues to grow

07/21/2015 10:47 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 05:59 EDT
Dozens of plumes of smoke could still be seen pushing up into the air near West Kelowna, B.C. this morning, filling the sky with thick smoke above Okanagan Lake.

A fast-moving wildfire on Westside Road near the Shelter Cove area is still burning about 30 hectares of land, keeping an evacuation order in place for approximately 70 homes.  

Earlier on Monday the fire was only four hectares, but it grew extremely quickly as strong winds fanned ground that was smouldering from a lightning strike the night before.

On Monday evening RCMP officers went door to door telling people to leave. Winds pushed the fire down toward Westside Road and the homes below it, and much of the hillside was quickly in flames.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the Westside Lions Community Hall and is set to open this morning at 8:30 a.m. PT

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