The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre advises all Alerts pertaining to the Trepanier wildfire have been cancelled. In addition, all Local States of Emergency have been rescinded and the Emergency Operations Centre is now closed.
The BC Wildfire Management Branch says the fire, which began last Sunday afternoon near Trepanier Road and the Highway 97-C underpass, is now completely contained. Residents may continue to sees moke rising from within the fire area as fire crews continue the mop up effort to fully extinguish any remaining hot spots over the next week.
Even though the Alerts pertaining to this fire have now been removed, fire authorities urge residents to exercise caution as the fire hazard throughout the Central Okanagan remains high.
Emergency Operation Centre Director Elsie Lemke says, “The District of Peachland and the Regional District thank all emergency responders for their tireless efforts. We also thank affected residents for their patience and support throughout the evacuation and alerts and especially the volunteers of the Central Okanagan Emergency Support Services organization who stepped up to assist evacuees at the reception centre in West Kelowna.We also extend sincere gratitude to the 26 volunteers and others involved with the Penticton and Summerland ESS groups who stepped up to help us in our time of need, staffing and maintaining the reception centre last Sunday night in Summerland. As we’ve seen with past emergencies, many Central Okanagan businesses and residents came forward with offers of goods and accommodations during the incident to assist evacuees.”
Central Okanagan residents are reminded to prepare their families in advance for any possible evacuation as a result of emergencies such as the Trepanier fire. You can get tips on preparing ‘Grab and Go’ kits for various emergency situations by visiting www.cordemergency.ca.You’re also encouraged to sign up there to receive email notificationsof any updates during emergencies from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre.
The District of Peachland has opened a Recovery Office to support Peachland residents who have been affected by the Trepanier Forest Fire. The office is located in the Peachland Municipal office, 5806 Beach Avenue and is open weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residents with questions or needing assistance should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-767-6055,Extension 120.
Residents looking for information regarding aerial fire retardant on their properties can contact ICL at 1-250-554-3530, or via their website at www.phoschek.com.
The Regional District Parks Services advises as a result of the forest fire, Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park is closed until further notice. When conditions are safe a hazard assessment will be conducted to determine what work will be required to make the park safe again for the public.
Interior Health also has excellent information available to help residents cope with the stress of a forest fire and for parents to assist with helping their children during a forest fire.