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The Smith Creek Forest Fire, which began Thursday, July 17, is currently 60% contained. BC Forest Service crews are working to achieve 100% containment and West Kelowna Fire Rescue will continue to patrol interface areas to ensure the fire does not spread to residential areas.



An Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire remains in effect for eight privately owned lots in the interface areas immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods, including all properties accessed off Dixie Road. Two residents living on a property accessed off Dixie Road remain under Evacuation Order, the other properties are unoccupied.

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An Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire remains in effect for eight privately owned lots in the interface areas immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods, including all properties accessed off Dixie Road.

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire has been lifted for additional streets in the Tallus Ridge Neighbourhood effective 12 p.m. Monday, July 21.

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The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre does not anticipate any further changes or adjustments in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts before approximately noon, today.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre does not anticipate any further changes or adjustments in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts this evening. 


It’s expected the next scheduled update regarding the remaining Evacuation Orders will be before 12 noon, Monday, July 21st.


We now have approximately 300 people from just over 130 homes still under an Evacuation Order in the Tallus Ridge neighbourhood that are accessed via Mountains Hollow Lane and for properties accessed via Dixie Road in the Smith Creek neighbourhood.   With the lifting of Evacuation Orders today, just over 1,000 homes remain on Evacuation Alert.


 

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Fire fighters from West Kelowna will be patrolling the Smith Creek fire overnight.  They’ll be watching for and extinguishing any hot spots and flare ups.


From time to time overnight, residents may see flare ups in the fire area.  Please do not call 9-1-1 as crews are on the scene and responding as needed.


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West Kelowna, B.C. – As public safety is paramount, the Regional Emergency Operations Centre unfortunately advises that no one will be allowed to return to their homes this evening.


All Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect for an estimated 2,500 people living in approximately 1,100 homes. 


The Incident Commander has determined that based on an assessment of active fire behaviour and weather conditions, especially this afternoon’s gusty winds, no one will be able to go home this evening.  Public safety is the number one priority.


Any change in status will be posted to the www.cordemergency.ca website and via local media.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Smith Creek fire remains active at approximately 400 hectares.


All previous Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect for about 2,100 residents in just over 1,200 homes. 


At this time, the risk to hydro lines being affected by the Smith Creek fire is not as great as it was earlier today.  However, residents should still be prepared to be self sufficient in the event of any power interruption should circumstances change.

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RCMP go door to door in the early morning hours Monday advising residents of a fire near Smith Creek.   Tuesday afternoon, another fire spreads up a west slope of Mount Boucherie.   What emergency might it be today, or tomorrow?


The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program asks if these events haven’t got you and your family talking and acting on an emergency plan, won’t it be too late when a knock comes at your door?






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West Kelowna, B.C. – Fire crews are into the mop up stage today for the 4.24-hectare Mt. Boucherie fire.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue, with the assistance of BC Wildfire Management Branch firefighters will be putting out hot spots and continuing efforts to reinforce fire guards.

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 Emergency personnel are requesting that boaters on Okanagan Lake stay out of the path of helicopters.

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory has now ended.  It was issued last Thursday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.


Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.


The snowpack has been melting rapidly with this week’s warmer temperatures and is expected to combine with moderate to heavy amounts of rain (10 to 50 millimeters) through the region into the Victoria Day long weekend, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to see increased flows and rising levels.  The Centre says depending on rainfall amounts, flows on Mission Creek may approach or exceed the two year flow level and smaller watercourses may see localized issues.


A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.


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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other watersheds east of Kelowna to Vernon, has now ended.



The Centre says rainfall has ended through the South Interior and river levels have eased from last week’s high snow melt and precipitation.



Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program continues to encourage all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.









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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small to medium watersheds in the Okanagan.  This includes areas east of Kelowna to Vernon

The snowpack has been melting since the warm spell late last week and with a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada forecasting from 15 to 25 millimeters of rain into tomorrow (Monday), Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, as a result of this additional forecasts rainfall

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

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Now that spring has
officially arrived, some Central Okanagan property owners should consider protecting
their property and reducing the risk of damage from potential flooding.

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A Local State of Emergency has been rescinded now that work to protect public infrastructure along Mission Creek has successfully and safely been completed.

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan, at the request of Emergency Management BC has declared a Local State of Emergency in order to protect critical infrastructure along Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.



In the interest of public safety, the Regional District has complied with the request and declared the Local State of Emergency affecting a property in the 11200 block of Highway 33 east.

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With rain in the longer-term forecast next week for the Central Okanagan, the continued melting of the high elevation snowpack and area lakes at high levels, waterfront property owners and those living nearby along near creeks and streams are encouraged to take steps needed to protect their property.



The High Streamflow Advisory that was issued earlier this week by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Okanagan, including Mission Creek has now ended.  The Centre says creeks have risen and are starting to gradually recede.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Okanagan.



The advisory means that with significant rains yesterday and more rain in the forecast into tomorrow, river levels are rising or are expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible in the Central Okanagan.

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a Flood Watch issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek watershed, ended earlier today.



Cooler temperatures and moderate rainfall over the past few days have resulted in lower flows and levels in Mission Creek.

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With a change in the weather expected to bring rain, the BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded an earlier streamflow advisory to a Flood Watch for the Mission Creek watershed.



A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.  The Provincial agency says Mission Creek is sensitive to any additional water input that may happen as a result of forecast rain on Monday and Tuesday, with heavier rain amounts expected over higher terrain.  If rainfall amounts are lower than forecast, flooding may not occur.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Okanagan.



The higher elevation snowpack has been melting rapidly since the start of this current warm spell late last week and with Environment Canada forecasting increased temperatures through the end of the week, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, reaching their highest level late Friday or Saturday.

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With warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, it’s expected more snow at the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams. 



While there are currently no watches or advisories in effect, residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas are encouraged to take the steps they need to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.

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Central Okanagan waterfront property owners and those living near creeks, streams and low lying areas should consider steps to protect their property and reduce the risk of flooding.



Seasonal temperatures and forecast showers are increasing flows and levels of water bodies throughout the Central Okanagan.  A sudden prolonged warm spell combined with heavy rains could increase the risk of above average creek levels and potential flooding.

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The Evacuation Alert issued earlier this morning for approximately 40-50 properties in the Wilsons Landing area remains in effect due to the potential danger from the wildfire in the area.



Updated information has been provided regarding the status of Westside Road.

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre has issued an Evacuation Alert for some residents of the Wilsons Landing area of the potential danger due to the Wilsons Landing forest fire.

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Do you know where your important family documents are?  How about photos and irreplaceable negatives?  What about medicines, prescriptions and glasses needed in the event you have to quickly leave your home during an emergency?



The Central Okanagan Emergency Program and Emergency Support Services organization is encouraging all residents to restock and update their family ‘Grab and Go’ kits or to take the time now to gather items and prepare their first kit.

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The BC River Forecast Centre has ended a High Streamflow Advisory for Mission Creek.



While the creek flow and level has dropped over the past 24 hours, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program continues to urge residents to stay safely back from the edge of local creeks and streams.  Creek banks could be slippery due to the recent high water levels and in some places, may have sustained erosion and undercutting.

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With more localized thundershower activity today in the Central Okanagan and possible heavy rains over the Mission Creek watershed, the BC River Forecast Centre has added a High Streamflow Advisory for Mission Creek.



This could result once again in minor flooding in low lying areas and rapid rises in creek levels and flows.



Local crews continue to monitor the status of Mission Creek and other area creeks in light of the isolated thundershowers

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue are continuing to monitor the status of a property adjacent to Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area.



This afternoon, a Professional Engineer and program officials attended the private property, in the 11,200 block of Highway 33 near the Three Forks Bridge.  While Mission Creek is flowing around the principle residence, the Engineer has determined that at the present time, there are no required actions that could be safely completed due to the high water.

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Mission Creek once again approached record levels as a result of more than 40 millimetres of rain falling in the watershed on Saturday.  Early today there was a rapid rise in the creek level and flow with the heavy rainfall yesterday.  While it’s now showing a slight decrease, local emergency officials urge caution as additional rainfall could see another increase.

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There some good news for those property owners that might have been affected by the recent flooding in Kelowna.


Emergency Management BC has advised the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program that Disaster Financial Assistance has been approved related to any Overland Flooding damage caused by the rain induced flooding June 9th. 

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The Evacuation Alert affecting 14 properties in the Mission Creek area of Joe Rich has been rescinded.



The alert was issued early Sunday morning as heavy rains caused a rapid rise in both the flow and level of Mission Creek.


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A Local State of Emergency has been rescinded now that work to protect Mission Creek has successfully and safely been completed.



The Regional Emergency Program and Joe Rich Fire Rescue continue to monitor weather and creek conditions and will as warranted, evaluate the status of the Evacuation Alert, which remains in effect.



The Evacuation Alert affects 14 properties in the eastern portion of Joe Rich as the potential remains for flooding.


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A Local State of Emergency continues for a property in the 11200 block of Highway 33 in order to protect Mission Creek from the environmental hazards posed by structures on the property in the Joe Rich area.



The Local State of Emergency provides special powers to a Local Government in order to protect public health and safety, the environment and public infrastructure.


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The Regional District of Central Okanagan declared a Local State of Emergency in order to protect the environment of Mission Creek in the Joe Rich area of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.



The declaration allows the Regional District to access a property in the 11200 Block of Highway 33, near Mission Creek and the Three Forks Bridge crossing the creek, in order to conduct a professional engineering assessment and take appropriate actions related to outbuildings and structures on the property.  With high creek flows and levels of the creek there is an imminent risk to public health and safety and the environment of the creek.


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An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 14 properties* in the eastern portion of Joe Rich near Mission Creek as the potential remains for possible flooding.


Weather and creek conditions are being monitored by Joe Rich Fire Rescue and the Regional Emergency Program.  The status of the alert will be evaluated over the next few days and will be affected by any changes in both the creek levels and weather.

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An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for 14 properties in the eastern portion of Joe Rich adjacent to Mission Creek due to the potential for flooding as a result of increased water flows and levels of Mission Creek.

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With more rain in the forecast through the weekend for the Central Okanagan and area lakes at extremely high levels, waterfront property owners and those in low lying areas near creeks and streams are encouraged to take steps needed to protect their property.



With the wet weather and continued high elevation snow-melt, the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the Okanagan, including Mission Creek.  The advisory means river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  However, minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas.

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Significant rainfall forecast for the Central Okanagan this week could result in rising water levels in area creeks and streams. 









Overnight tonight and tomorrow, up to 30 millimeters of rain is possible for our area and as a result, the Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program is advising those property owners living in low-lying areas near creeks to remain alert and take steps to protect their properties in case water levels rise quickly.


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The BC River Forecast Centre says a High Streamflow Advisory has ended for the Okanagan.

 


While the threat of flooding has moderated with more seasonal temperatures in the forecast, the Central Okanagan Emergency program and local agencies continue monitoring the flow and levels of area creeks and water courses.


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It’s expected that with warmer daytime temperatures in the forecast, more snow in the higher elevations will melt resulting in faster flows and rising levels of Central Okanagan creeks and streams.  The BC River Forecast Centre has a High Streamflow Advisory in place for the Okanagan.

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Central Okanagan residents have experienced and witnessed first-hand the impact on their families, neighbourhoods and communities of threatening large scale emergencies.

 


As the Regional Emergency Program staff is conducting their annual training sessions in advance of Emergency Preparedness Week May 6th through 12th, they’re encouraging Central Okanagan families to do the same:  Know the Risks, Make a Plan and Get a Kit. 


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Central Okanagan waterfront property owners and those living near creeks, streams and low lying areas should consider making annual flood protection preparations.  They’re responsible for taking the necessary precautions against the risk of flooding.


 


Local governments and the Provincial Government are monitoring water levels and weather conditions connected to the annual spring runoff and if needed will issue further notices. 


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With the rescinding of the Local State of Emergency by the District of West Kelowna on Thursday, April 26th for the McDougall Creek flooding, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is no longer activated and operating.  However monitoring of area creeks and water courses will continue during the spring freshet and runoff season.

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After assessing McDougall Creek near Hitchner Road, which overflowed its banks last night, the District of West Kelowna is lifting the Local State of Emergency. The area is still at risk due to continuing rainy conditions and spring thaw activity, but emergency and District Operations personnel will keep a close watch in the coming hours. As there is no imminent threat to life and safety, the State of Emergency has been lifted.

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An assessment of flooded properties along Hitchner Road due to overflowing McDougall Creek is being conducted by West Kelowna Fire Rescue District of West Kelowna Operations staff this morning. Further updates are expected after 11 a.m. The Local State of Emergency is still in effect at this time and six properties are under evacuation order.

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With the rescinding of the remaining Evacuation Alerts at 4:00 pm, September 7th for the Bear Creek Fire, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is no longer activated and operating.


In the event of an emergency and EOC activation, current information will be posted on this website, cordemergency.ca.


We encourage you to subscribe in order to receive the latest email updates when the Emergency Operation Centre is operating during any emergency in the Central Okanagan.

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre advises effective 4:00 pm September 7th, the cancellation of all Alerts pertaining to the Bear Creek wildfire.  As well, the Local State of Emergency has been rescinded and the Emergency Operation Centre is now closed.

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With great progress made on fighting the Bear Creek wildfire and supporting weather conditions, on a recommendation from the BC Wildfire Management Branch, effective at 6:00 pm this evening, the Emergency Operation Centre is rescinding the Evacuation Order affecting approximately 550 residents of Traders Cove and Bear Creek Main Forest Service Road and about 100 visitors to Bear Creek Provincial Park.

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The BC Wildfire Management Branch and structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Wilsons Landing continue to battle a fire estimated at approximately 39-hectares in size burning above Westside Road.

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Residents living on Westside Road south of Bear Creek Provincial Park and north of Sailview Bay (901 Westside Road) are on evacuation alert effective immediately. All residents should be prepared to evacuate on very short notice.

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