As West Kelowna residents settle back at home after wildfires forced them to flee, around 2,200 people living in nearby Flinty have been ordered out as the Terrace Mountain fire continues to grow.
The wildfire was the third to break out in the hot, dry Okanagan on July 18.
The evacuation order for Flinty — north of West Kelowna — was issued on Thursday, hours after the last Glenrosa and Rose Valley fire evacuees returned home.
Grace Pickell, a fire information officer in Kelowna, said the blaze grew to 4,000 hectares from around 1,300 on Tuesday.
“This fire is wind-driven,” she said, adding that she expects the blaze to spread. “We’re expecting thunder showers and that brings in gusty winds.”
Pickell said now that the Glenrosa and Rose Valley fires have been contained, the Terrace Mountain fire is their number one priority.
“Especially since it’s been growing so much,” she said.