The Sun Peaks resort east of Kamloops, B.C. is offering accommodation to West Kelowna families who have been forced out of their homes by a huge forest fire.

That offer has been extended by a group of seven hotels located in Sun Peaks, which ranks one of the largest winter resorts in the B.C. Interior. It has a capacity of 7,000 beds.

Christopher Nicolson, President of Tourism Sun Peaks, said he is highly familiar with what thousands of Kelowna evacuees are going through because the resort operators were evacuated during the forest fires that hit the area in 2003.

"Our hearts are with the families in Kelowna because this is a difficult time for them,'' Nicolson said.

By supper time, one family had already taken advantage of the offer by checking into a resort hotel.

Sun Peaks is located about two hours and 45 minutes by road from the Kelowna airport. It is also located about 45 minutes north of Kamloops.