PHOTOS: Mount Law wildfire smoke billows near Glenrosa properties

A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)A helicopter surveys the Mount Law wildfire, just above Preston Road and Glonrosa Road in West Kelowna on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A closer look of smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billowing from forestry surrounding nearby residences on Preston Road on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)A closer look of smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billowing from forestry surrounding nearby residences on Preston Road on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
In the foreground is a property located at the intersection of Preston Road and Glenrosa Road, with smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)In the foreground is a property located at the intersection of Preston Road and Glenrosa Road, with smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background on Aug. 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
A family living in the Glenrosa area goes for a stroll down Preston Road on Aug. 18 as smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)A family living in the Glenrosa area goes for a stroll down Preston Road on Aug. 18 as smoke from the Mount Law wildfire billows in the background. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

While most residents have returned home after a hasty Sunday night evacuation, smoke from the Mount Law wildfire in West Kelowna could be seen billowing from forests surrounding homes in the Glenrosa area on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

A family living on Preston Road went for a stroll to get a glimpse of the smoke, wondering if firefighters were aware of its proximity to residences. Another man living nearby said he called fire crews to alert them about the potential threat the smoke posed to properties. At one point, a helicopter was spotted surveying the area.

Despite the ominous scene, the fire — suspected to be human-caused — has remained at 800 hectares since Sunday. Only one structure in the Glenrosa area was reported significantly damaged on Aug. 17.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is advising residents who witness spot fires threatening homes or growing rapidly to call 9-1-1 immediately.

READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 structure damaged, Mount Law wildfire evac order lifted for most in West Kelowna

No changes have been made to evacuation orders or alerts. Central Okanagan Emergency Operations is advising residents who witness spot fires threatening homes or growing rapidly to call 9-1-1 immediately. Fifteen homes remain on evacuation order along with 11 undeveloped properties, down from 460 on Sunday. A map of active evacuation orders and alerts is available at cordemergency.ca.

A guard constructed along the northern flank was completed on Sunday, which was extended along the fire’s western flank down to Highway 97C.

READ MORE: Weather conditions preventing Mount Law wildfire growth in West Kelowna


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