Due to continued wildfire activity from the Trepanier Forest Fire, the Evacuation Order has been expanded to include another estimated 600 residents (375 properties) in the Ponderosa area of Peachland. This area was previously on Alert. This expanded Evacuation includes the properties on the following roads:
Residents in this area are asked to report to the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre in the Summerland Arena and Curling Club, 8820 Jubilee Road East.
This area includes Peachland Elementary School, which will be closed until further notice. School District No. 23 will provide further details for parents of students at Peachland Elementary.
It’s estimated that 1,550 people are affected by the Evacuation Orders. Residents with animals are asked to bring them to their nearest reception centre and they will be assisted by representatives of the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team.
The Evacuation Alert has also been extended to include all properties east of Highway 97 including the Downtown Peachland and waterfront area from Princeton Avenue to Robinson Place. Residents in this area should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice.
The latest map showing the expanded Evacuation area and Evacuation Alert area is available at www.cordemergency.ca.
The forest fire, which was reported around 3:00 pm this afternoon is located within the District of Peachland and Regional District of Central Okanagan, south west of the Okanagan Connector.
It’s actively being fought by the BC Wildfire Management Branch along with crews from the District of West Kelowna, District of Peachland and City of Kelowna.
Affected residents will be directed to the appropriate Emergency Support Services Reception Centre.
Highway 97 is open to single lane alternating traffic from Princeton Avenue in Peachland and Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna. The Okanagan Connector Highway 97-C is open.
Motorists are advised to check out the DriveBC website for the latest status on highway conditions.
The ESS Reception Centre remains open at the Westbank Lions Community Centre, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna.
Affected residents within Peachland are asked not to turn on their irrigation systems or shut off any pre-programmed irrigation in order to conserve water for the fire fighting operation.
Local States of Emergency have been declared for the affected areas within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and in the District of Peachland.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre is in operation to support the crews fighting this wildfire. New information and updates on the Evacuation Orders and Alerts will be available on the Regional District Emergency Program website www.cordemergency.ca and updates will also be there and released to the media as soon as it becomes available. Media can contact (250) 469-8493 if needed.
Public inquiries can be directed to 1-877-569-8490.