The Trepanier Forest Fire has been estimated at 170-hectares in size.
It’s forced approximately 1,550 people from their homes and an estimated 432 people in the downtown and waterfront areas of Peachland remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes on little or short notice in the event an expanded Evacuation is necessary.
The latest map showing the Evacuation area and Evacuation Alert area is available at www.cordemergency.ca.
During the overnight hours, BC Wildfire Management Branch crews along with structural fire fighters from across the Central Okanagan (Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, North Westside, Joe Rich, Ellison) are monitoring the fire and protecting in the event of any spot fire activity.
RCMP will be continuing to patrol the Evacuation area overnight and will be staffing checkpoints to ensure no residents or others return until the evacuation order is rescinded. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue are also assisting and are being supported by Search and Rescue volunteers from other areas.
There has been a steady influx of people attending the reception centres to register for Emergency Support Services (ESS) assistance with food, lodging and clothing. There has been over 200 people registered at the Westbank Lions Community Centre (2466 Main Street in West Kelowna) which will close at 12 midnight and re-open at 9:00 am. The Summerland Arena and Curling Club will close at 12 midnight and will not reopen.
Highway 97 is open to two way traffic and Highway 97-C the Okanagan Connector is also open to traffic. Check DriveBC.ca for the latest information and any changes in status.
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.