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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.
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.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre does not anticipate any further changes or adjustments in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts before approximately noon, today.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Prepare Your Family for 72 Hours – Emergency Preparedness Week
Over the years, the Central Okanagan has seen its share of large scale emergencies.
While interface wildfires, floods and other natural disasters may be beyond our control, there are ways you can reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face.
May 4th through 10th is Emergency Preparedness Week across the country. It’s a good time for all Central Okanagan residents to review and revise their family emergency plans or if you don’t have a plan, get your family together to make one.
A Local State of Emergency has been rescinded now that work to protect public infrastructure along Mission Creek has successfully and safely been completed.
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.
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.
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.
The District of West Kelowna is declaring a local State of Emergency and evacuating six properties along Hitchner Road due to flooding of McDougall Creek.
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