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Local Fire Departments and BC Forest Service are aware of a number of wild fires burning within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. As night-fall approaches, residents are asked to refrain from reporting any of the wild fires noted below. Current local fires include: Beaver Lake area K40719 (west of Lake Country): 1 hectare Princeton Ave K50723 (north of Princton Avenue): 5 hectares Myra Bellevue K50726 and K50724(7 kms west of Little White): >130 hectares Terrace Mountain area: reports of smoke sightings Gillard Forest Service Rd K50722 (5 km from Kelowna city limits): 1 hectare Trepanier K50718: Brenda Mine area reported Aug. 26: 1 hectare Boliver Forest Service Rd K50666 3Kms south east of Peachland Lake, reported Aug. 17: 1 ...

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The BC Wildfire Service advises that people living in Shelter Cove and surrounding areas may notice increased smoke on the Shelter Cove-Westside Road wildfire starting today as a result of proactive burning operations by BC Wildfire Service crews. These burning operations will take place in a controlled environment within the fire’s perimeter to remove unburned fuels from the area and decrease the chance of the fire breaching containment lines. Due to the hard work of crews and recent precipitation, this 560-hectare wildfire is now 85 per cent contained. Today, crews will continue to mop up hot spots along the perimeter. An area restriction put in place for areas around this wildfire to protect the safety of firefighting personnel and the ...

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Alert for the Shelter Cove-Westside Road Interface Fire has now been rescinded. This includes all properties along Westside Road from Denison Road, north to La Casa. BC Wildfire Service firefighters will continue to monitor and work on the fire. For their safety, members of the public are asked to stay out of the fire-affected area as an Area Restriction has been issued. Please obey all warning and hazards signs and watch for any firefighters and fire suppression vehicles that are still working in this area. For the latest information from the BC Wildfire Service on this fire follow this link: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=561 Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to prepare to ...

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The BC Wildfire Service advises effective 7:00 p.m. this evening, Westside Road will be completely open to through traffic in both directions. The closures at La Casa and Cinnabar Creek will be removed at 7:00 p.m. and motorists will be able to travel north and south. For more information please visit www.drivebc.ca. Motorists are asked to please watch for and give way to any emergency vehicles or first responders that are still working on the Shelter Cove-Westside Road fire. Please keep them safe. The Evacuation Alert remains in place for approximately 70 properties and residents should be prepared to leave on short notice should conditions with the fire change.

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Notice for Residents on Evacuation Alert You are returning to your home and remain on evacuation alert. The Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire is still an active fire and if conditions change, you should remain prepared to learn your home with very short notice. Please be aware that you will not have any electrical service on your return. Crews are working as quickly as possible to restore service. As active fire suppression continues in the area west of Westside Road, the area is not safe for the public. Please stay out and do not impede firefighters or other first responders. While on Evacuation Alert: Prepare an emergency survival kit (e.g. medications, important documents, clothing etc.) and ensure other family ...

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that effective at 11:00 a.m. today, the Evacuation Order for the Shelter Cove/Westside Road Fire is downgraded to an Evacuation Alert. Westside Road will remain closed between Cinnabar Creek and La Casa Resort, except to residents and those staying in the Alert area. There will be no through traffic permitted at this time. Check points at Cinnabar Creek and La Casa will require proof of residency or rental accommodation in the Alert area, to enter to the area. For the latest road information, visit the Drive BC website at drivebc.ca These properties will however, remain under an Evacuation Alert and residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the ...

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The cooler temperatures overnight was welcomed by those fighting the Shelter Cove-Westside Road wildfire. The BC Wildfire Service monitored the blaze which is estimated at 460-hectares. In the interest of public safety, the Evacuation Order for the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire remains in effect for approximately 70 properties along Westside Road. Those within the Evacuation area are along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa), as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. Incident Command will determine today’s plan of attack and the most effective deployment of resources to continue fighting this active fire. Emergency officials are constantly assessing possible changes in the status of the ...

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The Evacuation Order for the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire remains in effect overnight for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road.

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In the interest of public safety, the Evacuation Order for the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. This fire remains potentially aggressive and it is not yet safe for the Order to be changed. Those properties within the Evacuation area are along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa), as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. There are no Evacuation Alerts associated with this fire. Neither La Casa Resort nor Lake Okanagan Resort are under the Evacuation Order or Alert at this time. BC Hydro has provided new information regarding the status of electrical service. Hydro delivered ...

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It’s expected there will be aerial activity with at least four helicopters working today along with 60 BC Wildfire Service firefighters and equipment on the ground in the attack against the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. The fire area is located approximately 17 kilometers northwest of downtown Kelowna. Both the City of Kelowna and City of West Kelowna are located well away from the actual fire scene. The BC Wildfire Service says it will be reinforcing retardant lines laid down late yesterday by aircraft along the southern and northern flanks of the active 460-hectare fire. Crews will also be mopping up the area along Westside Road. This wildfire is still considered as potentially aggressive and as a result in the interest ...

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A fairly quiet night for patrols monitoring the 460-hectare Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire. Wilsons Landing and North Westside structural fire crews conducted patrols through the various subdivisions within the Evacuation Area, while BC Wildfire Service firefighters watched for and extinguished any hotspots. This wildfire is still considered as potentially aggressive and as a result in the interest of public safety the Evacuation Order remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Those properties within the Evacuation area are along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa), as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. The Emergency Operations Centre reminds everyone that there are currently ...

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The Evacuation Order for the Shelter Cove/Westside Road fire remains in effect overnight for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road.

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The Evacuation Order for the active 430-hectare Shelter Cove fire remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those along Westside Road from Denison Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa), as well as the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. This address range has been adjusted to correspond to the map and Declaration of Local Emergency and to correct a previous oversight in addresses that are impacted by the Evacuation. There are no Evacuation Alerts associated with this fire. Neither La Casa Resort or Lake Okanagan Resort are under the Evacuation Order or Alert at this time. Residents in the Evacuation Order area ...

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Evacuation Order remains in effect for Shelter Cove fire.

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Alert for the Bear Creek Interface Fire has now been rescinded.  

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Alert for the Bear Creek fire remains in effect. The area burned by the fire remains at 1.8-hectares and two BC Wildfire Service crews are actively extinguishing hot spots and smoke areas. The Evacuation Alert includes residents from the intersection of Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road. Residents should be prepared to leave if conditions change. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines, important documents and clothing. The BC Wildfire Service is continuing to assess the fire situation to ...

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The Evacuation Order for the active 430-hectare Shelter Cove fire remains in effect this morning for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. North Westside and Wilsons Landing structural fire crews knocked down a few hotspots during their overnight patrols through the evacuated area. BC Wildfire Service ground firefighters also monitored the fire overnight which remains at an estimated 430-hectares. At this point in fighting the active fire, there are no structures known to be lost. Incident Command will be meeting later this morning to determine today’s plan ...

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Kelowna, B.C. – The Evacuation Order for the active Shelter Cove fire remains in effect overnight for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. RCMP members are conducting security patrols on land and on water within the Evacuation Area. At this point in fighting the active fire, there are no structures known to be lost. 59 people have registered at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre. The centre will reopen at 8:30 a.m. An update on the fire will be delivered to media and on social ...

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Kelowna, B.C. – The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre for the Shelter Cove Fire will close at 8 p.m. due to an absence of any requests for further assistance this evening. 59 people have registered at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Westside Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna. The centre will reopen at 8:30 a.m. The Evacuation Order for the active Shelter Cove fire remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. There are no ...

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The Emergency Support Services Reception Center will close at 10 p.m. tonight and re-open at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Alert for the Bear Creek fire will remain in effect overnight. The fire size has not changed and fire mop up crews remain on scene.

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Central Okanagan Emergency Operations confirms the fire is now at approximately 430 hectares in size. Evacuation order is still in effect, as outlined in Shelter Cove News Release #6. The fire is being fought by ground and aerial fire fighters. RCMP continue to patrol the evacuation area by land and water.

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Kelowna, B.C. – The Evacuation Order for the active Shelter Cove fire remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road and Deighton Road. BC Wildfire Service reports the fire has grown from 175 to approximately 300 hectares. The fire is being fought by North Westside and Wilson Landing structural firefighters and ground and air support from the BC Wildfire Service. RCMP members are conducting security patrols within the Evacuation Area. At this point in fighting the active fire, there are no structures known to be lost. The ...

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that there is no change this morning in the Evacuation Alert for the Bear Creek fire. The BC Wildfire Service continues to work on this 1.8-hectare fire. Later this afternoon the BC Wildfire Service will assess their progress on mopping up this fire to determine the next course of action and any possible change in the status of the Evacuation Alert. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 80 properties along Bear Creek and neighbouring roads. Approximately 54 of those properties have dwellings or other structures. Residents from the intersection of Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are still on Evacuation Alert ...

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The Evacuation Order for the active Shelter Cove fire remains in effect for approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. Properties affected by the Order include those from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road, Central Okanagan Road and Deighton Road. The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Westside Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna will reopen at 8:30 am. Only those residents within the Evacuation Order area should register for assistance by ESS volunteers with food, lodging and clothing needs. As well, volunteers with the Canadian Animal Disaster Response Team (CDART) are on hand to help evacuees that have animals ...

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The Emergency Operations Centre is updating the evacuation order for the Shelter Cove fire to clarify which roads are within the Order area. The Evacuation Order remains in place affecting approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road, Central Okanagan Road and Deighton Road. The following roads are not within the Evacuation Order area: Terrace Way, Chalet Crescent, Condo Court.

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Structural firefighters from Wilsons Landing and North Westside fire departments along with a BC Wildfire Service crew of firefighters will continue to monitor the 30-hectare Shelter Cove wildfire overnight. An Evacuation Order remains in place affecting approximately 70 homes along Westside Road. The Evacuation Order affects properties from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Terrace Way, Chalet Crescent, Condo Court, Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road, Central Okanagan Road and Deighton Road. The Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Westside Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna will remain open until 1:30 this morning. The centre will reopen at 8:30am. Only those residents within the Evacuation ...

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An Evacuation Order is in place for an expanded area affecting approximately 70 homes along Westside Road as result of the flare up tonight of the Shelter Cove wildfire which is estimated at 30-hectares in size. Residents of properties from 3985 Westside Road north to La Casa Resort (but not including La Casa) and the following roads: Terrace Way, Chalet Crescent, Condo Court, Denison Road, Shelter Cove Road, Central Okanagan Road and Deighton Road are asked to register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre located in the Westside Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna. Only those residents within the Evacuation Order area should register for assistance by ESS volunteers with food, lodging and clothing needs. As ...

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An Evacuation Order is being prepared and a tactical evacuation is underway of residences and properties along Westside Road near Shelter Cove between La Casa and Lake Okanagan Resort. BC Wildfire Service and Wilson’s Landing Fire Department crews are on the scene fighting this blaze, which was ignited yesterday by lightning and flared up this evening with the very gusty winds. Residents from the following addresses in the Shelter Cove subdivision are being evacuated by the RCMP: 4401 to 4163 Westside Road. These residents are asked to report to the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the Westbank Lions Community Hall, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna. Volunteers will be on hand after 1130pm to assist evacuated residents with food, ...

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Alert for the Bear Creek wildfire will remain in place overnight. Residents living on streets north of Bear Creek Road and Parkinson Road, including Bear Creek Road, Petterson Road, Rose Valley Road, Dougmac Road and Bear Creek Main, should be ready to leave their homes on short notice, should fire conditions change requiring an Evacuation Order. These people should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines, important documents and clothing. Approximately 54 of the properties affected by the Evacuation Alert have dwellings or other structures. The BC Wildfire Service ...

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While there has been progress made on fighting the 1.8-hectare Bear Creek Fire, the Evacuation Alert remains in effect. This means those residents living in the area north of Bear Creek Road and Parkinson Road are still on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice should conditions and fire behaviour change. Approximately 54 of those properties have dwellings or other structures. The Evacuation Alert remains in place for residents living on properties from the intersection of Parkinson Road, north along Bear Creek Road, including Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road, Dougmac Road and Bear Creek Main. These people should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for ...

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RCMP advise Bear Creek Main and Westside Road is open again. Roadblock has been removed. Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 80 properties due to Bear Creek fire. Next update after 10am.

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An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 80 properties along Bear Creek and neighbouring roads as a result of the Bear Creek fire. Approximately 54 of those properties have dwellings or other structures. Residents from the intersection of Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave if conditions change and require an Evacuation Order . They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents. Overnight 24 B.C. Wildfire Service firefighters conducted patrols and monitored the blaze which is estimated ...

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An evacuation alert remains in effect overnight for 80 properties along Bear Creek and neighbouring roads as a result of the Bear Creek Provincial Park. Twenty-four B.C. Forestry Service firefighters will remain on the ground overnight to monitor the Bear Creek fire. Residents should be aware that fire and smoke can appear more threatening at night, but should be assured that fire crews are on the scene and working to contain the fire. Forestry Service personnel will reassess the fire situation in the morning to determine the next course of action and impacts to properties. Air tankers and helicopters established a fire retardant box around the fire during the afternoon and evening. The fire was assessed at more than ...

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Firefighters are on the scene of a second forest fire on the Westside, this one north of Lake Okanagan Resort and south of the La Casa residential community. There is no need to call 911 or fire dispatch on this matter. Residents along Westside Road near Bear Creek Provincial Park remain on evacuation alert due to the fire near the park that started earlier in the afternoon. Residents from the intersection Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are on evacuation alert. Bear Creek Main at Westside Road and Bear Creek Road at Parkinson Road are closed to traffic Residents in the area are advised to be ready to ...

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RCMP have asked that boaters keep well clear of the area around Bear Creek Park to ensure B.C. Forest Service air tankers and helicopters can safely access water from Okanagan Lake. Due to a one hectare fire currently being actioned by West Kelowna Fire Department and the BC Forest Service in the Bear Creek Park area, residents from the intersection Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are on evacuation alert. Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets ...

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Kelowna B.C.– Bear Creek Main at Westside Road and Bear Creek Road at Parkinson Road are closed to traffic as a result on a fire in the Bear Creek Park area. Residents are on evaculation alert in the area north of Parkinson Road including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road. Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents,. An evaluation of the situation is underway and specific details will be released ...

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Due to a one hectare fire currently being actioned by West Kelowna Fire Department and the BC Forest Service in the Bear Creek Park area, residents from the intersection Parkinson Road north, including Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek Main, Rose Valley Road, Petterson Road and Dougmac Road are on evacuation alert. Residents in the area are advised to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents. An evaluation of the situation is underway and specific details will be released as they are confirmed. Public safety and the safety ...

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the remaining Evacuation Alert for the Joe Rich Interface Fire has now been rescinded.


None of the 28 properties in the Highway 33 and Huckleberry Road area remain under Evacuation Alert.


While the Alert has now been removed for this 55-hectare fire, residents can expect over the coming days to see ongoing fire suppression efforts and fire fighters throughout the area as they work to fully extinguish the blaze.  Please stay out of their way, do not drive over hose lines laid across roads or driveways, and watch for and yield to emergency vehicles.


 

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The Emergency Operations Centre advises effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight, the outstanding Evacuation Order for the 55-hectare Joe Rich interface face is rescinded.


None of the 28 properties in the Highway 33 and Huckleberry Road area remain under Evacuation Order and all residents are now able to return to their homes.


These properties will however, remain under an Evacuation Alert and residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event conditions change and the Evacuation Order is reinstated.


The previous Evacuation Alert affecting an estimated 272 properties has also now been lifted.


 

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that there is no change in the status of the Evacuation Order and Alerts for the Joe Rich interface fire, east of Kelowna.


Residents living on 28 properties along Highway 33 and Huckleberry Road remain under Evacuation Order.  A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


The fire within the Order area remains active today and is being fought on the ground by fire fighters with Joe Rich Fire/Rescue department and approximately 40 BC Wildfire Service personnel.


For this reason, it is not safe to let residents return to their homes within the Evacuation Order area and the area remains closed to everyone.  RCMP members continue to restrict access and provide security patrols within the fire area that remains under Evacuation Order.



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Calm winds and cooler temperatures overnight provided good conditions for fire crews monitoring the 55-hectare Joe Rich interface fire, east of Kelowna.


Approximately 20 BC Wildfire Service fire fighters and structural fire fighters from the Joe Rich Fire/Rescue, Ellison and Big White departments conducted patrols throughout the fire zone, which has 100% containment.  No problems were reported.


RCMP members continue to restrict access within the fire area that remains under Evacuation Order.  They continue to provide security patrols through the area and report no issues of concern.


An Evacuation Order remains in effect for 28 properties along Highway 33 and Huckleberry Road.   A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


 

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The Evacuation Order for the Joe Rich Grassfire has been partially lifted for 114 properties effective 8 p.m. tonight.  28 properties remain on Evacuation Order and cannot return home.

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises MEDIA are invited to attend a briefing at 1:00 pm today located at the west end of Falcon Ridge Crescent, off Highway 33.



An update will be provided on the Joe Rich Grassfire.

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The Emergency Operation Centre advises that in conjunction with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Highway 33 is open once again to single-lane alternating traffic through the Joe Rich Grassfire fire zone.


Motorists are advised that the speed limit through this area is reduced and they should watch for and yield to any emergency vehicles.  Current highway information can be viewed at the DriveBC website, www.drivebc.ca.


RCMP and traffic control have road blocks in place at Goudie Road and Cardinal Creek Road to prevent access into the area which remains under Evacuation Order, affecting approximately 142 properties.  Local traffic only is being allowed into properties within the areas on Evacuation Alert along Cardinal Creek and Sun Valley Roads.


All Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect.  A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


 

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While good progress has been made in fighting the estimated 80-hectare Joe Rich Grassfire, the Emergency Operation Centre advises that all Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect.


The fire is still actively being fought.  Structural fire fighters from the Joe Rich, Ellison and Big White fire departments are working on the fire this morning with crews from the BC Wildfire Service which is providing both ground and air support.


A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


The next anticipated update is expected at approximately 11:45 am this morning.

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Fire fighters monitoring the Joe Rich Grassfire report a good night on the fire which is estimated at approximately 80-hectares in size.


About 14 structural fire fighters from Joe Rich Fire/Rescue and the Big White Fire department along with 20 personnel from the BC Wildfire Service snuffed out some minor flare-ups and knocked down some hot spots found during overnight patrols.


They say the guards and retardant lines that have been established are holding.


Over the next few hours the Unified Command including the BC Wildfire Service and local structural fire departments will be determining today’s plan of action in the continuing effort to increase containment and determine any possible change in the status of Evacuation Orders and Alerts.


All Evacuation Orders and Alerts remain in effect.


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With current weather conditions, all existing Evacuation Orders and Alerts due to the estimated 80-hectare Joe Rich Grassfire will remain in effect overnight.


There are approximately 142 properties that are on Evacuation Order and residents will remain out of their homes tonight.  Residents living on another 158 properties remain on Evacuation Alert and must be prepared to leave their homes on short notice, should conditions change and the Evacuation Order is expanded due to fire behaviour.


A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


 No further update is anticipated until approximately 8:00 am Saturday morning, July 4th.

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There is no anticipated change in existing Evacuation Orders or Alerts for the Joe Rich Grassfire.  While weather conditions can change and may affect this, it’s expected the Orders and Alerts will be in effect overnight.


Residents living on the approximately 158 properties that are on Evacuation Alert should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event that fire conditions and behaviour changes requiring an expanded Evacuation Order.


Approximately 141 properties are under Evacuation Order.


A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas showing affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


 

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All Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the Joe Rich Grassfire remain in effect.  No changes have been made to the earlier status on the fire.


It’s estimated that approximately 141 properties are affected by the Evacuation Order and another 158 are under Evacuation Alert.  Residents on Alert should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should fire conditions change requiring an expansion of the Evacuation Order area.


A detailed map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas and affected roads and addresses can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.


 

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An Evacuation Order has been extended to include all properties on Goudie Road, Jack Pine Road, Prather Road, Trapper Road and Boone Road in response to the Joe Rich Grass Fire.  An Evacuation Order is also in effect for all properties between the intersection of Goudie and Highway and 7650 Highway 33 east.



An Evacuation Alert is now in place for residents living on the south side of Highway 33 east from Goudie Road to 8991 Highway 33 east.  These people should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice.



A map with the latest Evacuation Order and Alert areas can be viewed online at www.cordemergency.ca.



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An Evacuation Order has been extended in response to the Joe Rich Grass Fire.



Residents along Prather Road are now under Evacuation.



This is in addition to the evacuation earlier this afternoon on Huckleberry Road between Goudie Road and Sun Valley Road and homes along Jack Pine Road.



 

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An Evacuation Order is being prepared and a tactical evacuation is underway of residences along Huckleberry Road between the intersections of Goudie Road and Sun Valley Road as well as residences along Jack Pine Road in the Joe Rich area.  This is due to the grass and interface fire reported at 2:38 this afternoon above Highway 33.



Residents on Goudie Road and Sun Valley Road are on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes on a moments notice with important items and personal materials.

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Starting this Friday, all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.  That’s the earliest in recent memory and a week and a half earlier than last year (July 14th).


The ban takes effect at noon Friday, July 3rd and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice

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The brush fire in Knox Mountain Park is now considered fully contained. The evacuation alert notice for all streets has been rescinded.

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Kelowna, B.C. – The brush fire in Knox Mountain Park, north of the caretaker’s cabin, is now contained.



The evacuation alert notice will remain in place

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Kelowna, B.C. – The brush fire in Knox Mountain Park, north of the caretaker’s cabin, is now contained.



The evacuation alert notice will remain in place

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Kelowna, B.C. – An evacuation alert has been issued due to a brush fire burning in Knox Mountain Park. Kelowna Fire Department has 30 members responding to the blaze.

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May 3rd to 9th…seven days set aside nationally to encourage your family to update or make a plan for how you’d deal with a large scale emergency.


Over the past 12 years, thousands of Central Okanagan residents have learned first-hand what they should have done, before they got a knock on their door, recommending they leave their home because of a threatening wildfire.  Should they have prepared in advance?   Hind-sight is 20-20!

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The Evacuation Alert stemming from the Drought Hill fire for one property on MacKinnon Road has been rescinded. The fire is 100 % contained and BC Wildfire Management Branch continue the mop up of the area.

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The Drought Hill fire is now 100 % contained and BC Wildfire Management Branch and local fire crews are in the mop up stage.  

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BC Wildfire Management Branch estimates the Drought Hill forest fire to be 25% contained and 60% of the fire has hand guard around it. A fire warden crew and fire department personnel will be on scene throughout the night. Fire crews will work towards full containment again tomorrow.  

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BC Wildfire Management Branch, supported by structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Peachland, will continue to fight the Drought Hill fire today which remains at 40 hectares in size and is not contained.

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BC Wildfire Management Branch, supported by structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Peachland, will continue to fight the Drought Hill fire today which remains at 40 hectares in size and is not contained.

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Boaters are interfering with aircraft attempting to reload with water in Okanagan Lake and must stay clear of the aircraft reloading zones in the interest of public safety.

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Structural fire crews from the Districts of Peachland and West Kelowna and forest fire crews with the BC Wildfire Management Branch continue to pour significant resources in to the Drought Hill Forest Fire.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Structural fire crews from West Kelowna and Peachland are supporting BC Wildfire Management fire fighters on the active Drought Hill forest fire.


Firefighters are working on the ground reinforcing fire guards with air tanker and water bomber support on the blaze, which is estimated at 30-hectares in size.


The Evacuation Order remains in place for one property in the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road.  No further orders or alerts are anticipated at this time.

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West Kelowna, B.C.The Drought
Hill forest fire remains active at 30-hectares in size and the Evacuation Order
remains in place for one property in the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road.  No further orders or alerts are anticipated
at this time.






The Visitor Information Centre on the
south side of the Okanagan Connector - Highway 97C across from the fire will
remain closed today.  This will ensure
public safety and the safety of air and ground crews that are fighting the fire.




 




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West Kelowna, B.C. – It’s been a good night for BC Wildfire Management firefighters monitoring the Drought Hill fire just north of the Okanagan Connector Highway 97C. Cooler temperatures overnight and little or no wind helped keep the fire activity low.



BC Wildfire Management says the fire remains within retardant guards and is estimated at 30-hectares in size.



Incident Command meets this morning to determine today’s plan of attack in the air and on the ground. 


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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Drought Hill Forest Fire, now estimated at 30 hectares, will be monitored overnight by BC Wildfire Management Branch.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Drought Hill Forest Fire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Management at 25 hectares. There are no further evacuation orders or alerts anticipated at this time. A Local State of Emergency and Evacuation Order for one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna remains in place.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The public are asked not to stop on Highway 97C near the Drought Hill Forest Fire zone. The area needs to be kept clear for emergency personnel to effectively action the fire.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – A Local State of Emergency has been declared to facilitate the evacuation of one home on the 4700 block of MacKinnon Road in West Kelowna due to the Drought Hill forest fire. 

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Drought Hill forest fire, burning near Highway 97C, is now estimated at 13 hectares in size. Highway 97C is now reduced to one lane in both directions to ensure the safety of emergency personnel through the fire zone. 

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A wildfire estimated at 4.5-hectares is currently burning near the Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C near the MacKinnon Road area. 


West Kelowna and Peachland structural fire crews and BC Wildfire Management have responded and are on the scene.


The Emergency Operation Centre has been mobilized at a Level One and will support field crews responding.


Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 about this fire as emergency responders are aware of it.


New information will be released to the public through the media and cordemergency.ca as soon as it becomes available.


 

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With the rescinding of the Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the Smith Creek Forest Fire, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is no longer activated and operating.  The Centre remains on Standby and will be re-activated should another emergency require support and coordination.


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


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MEDIA RELEASE News Release No. 31 Date: July 24, 2014 Time: 11:00 West Kelowna, B.C. – All Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders resulting from the Smith Creek Fire will be lifted as of 5 p.m. today, July 24, 2014. The Wildfire Management Branch has advised the public that the Smith Creek Fire is now 100 per cent contained. The Area Restriction Order put in place by Wildfire Management Branch remains in effect. A map of the order area can be found at www.bcwildfire.ca. Yesterday, a post-wildfire assessment of the Smith Creek Fire was completed by the BC Forest Service and the Emergency Operations Centre with results indicating there is a low risk of erosion or debris ...

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MEDIA RELEASE News Release No. 30 Date: July 23, 2014 Time: 18:10 West Kelowna, B.C. – A post-wildfire assessment of the Smith Creek Fire by the BC Forest Service and the Emergency Operations Centre is complete and results indicate there is a low risk of erosion or debris flows, which can occur when wildfire activity is followed by periods of heavy rain. Emergency personnel will continue to monitor the area and watch drainage activity. Earlier today, the Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road was rescinded and placed on Evacuation Alert. The public is reminded that Dixie Road is closed to all but local traffic. The Evacuation Order for seven uninhabited properties immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge ...

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News Release No. 29 Date: July 23, 2014 Time: 11:45 West Kelowna, B.C. – The Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road will be rescinded as of 1:00 p.m. today and an Evacuation Alert put in place for this property. Dixie Road is closed to all but local traffic. The Evacuation Order for seven uninhabited properties immediately above Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge and Shannon Woods Neighbourhoods remains in place. A Local State of Emergency continues to exist in West Kelowna as the Smith Creek Fire remains active. Approximately 1,100 homes remain on Evacuation Alert and residents should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice. For their own safety the public is requested ...

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News Release No. 26 Date: July 22, 2014 Time: 18:30 West Kelowna, B.C. – With Environment Canada predicting rain to begin tomorrow afternoon, Incident Command for the Smith Creek Fire is coordinating a post-wildfire assessment of the area tomorrow morning by qualified specialists. Wildfire activity followed by periods of intense heavy rain may cause erosion or debris flows. Residents within the affected areas are reminded that they are on evacuation alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice should the current situation change. The Smith Creek Fire remains active and approximately 2,500 residents who have returned to more than 1,100 homes remain on Evacuation Alert. The public must stay out of fire-affected areas for their ...

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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. – The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire has been lifted for additional streets in the Shannon Woods Neighbourhood effective 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20. However, the Evacuation Order remains in effect for those properties in the Tallus Ridge Neighbourhood that are accessed via Mountains Hollow Lane and for properties accessed via Dixie Road in the Smith Creek Neighbourhood. The Smith Creek Fire is still active and residents returning to their homes will remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice. The public is requested to stay out of fire-affected areas for their own safety and to obey all ...

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Smith Creek Fire is still active and the public is reminded to stay out of the area for safety reasons and to ensure emergency responders can effectively perform their duties. The Evacuation Order area, including parks, trails and public and private lands, remains closed to the public.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire has been partially rescinded effective 11 a.m. Sunday, July 20.  Residents returning to their home will be on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice.

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For specific location information, view our interactive map of the evacuation area for the Smith Creek #2 fire.  The area in red indicates the evacuation area. To move around, click and drag. Use the plus and minus buttons in the top left of the map to zoom in and out.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Unified Incident Command is currently assessing progress made in fighting the Smith Creek fire overnight and determining whether any changes should be made to the existing Evacuation Orders and Alerts, which remain in effect. 


Officials are working as quickly as possible to determine when it would be safe to allow residents to return to their homes. When it is safe, residents will be allowed to go home. Approximately 2,500 residents from 1,100 homes live within the areas under evacuation and 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. – Evacuation orders remain in effect for Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods. Another 151 residents remain on Evacuation Alert on Lenz Road, including Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park and from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road. The fire is still active and orders and alerts will be rescinded once it is safe to do so. In total, an estimated 2,500 residents from approximately 1,100 homes are evacuated. Crews are working hard to return people to their homes as soon as possible. The BC Wildfire Management Branch reports that the Smith Creek Fire is 260 hectares and 30 percent contained. There are currently BC Wildfire Management Branch, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country ...

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Evacuation orders remain in effect for Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods. Another 151 residents remain on Evacuation Alert on Lenz Road, including Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park and from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road.


The fire is still active and orders and alerts will be rescinded once it is safe to do so.  Crews are working hard to return people to their homes as soon as possible. The BC Wildfire Management Branch reports that the Smith Creek Fire is 260 hectares and 30 percent contained. In total, an estimated 2,500 residents from approximately 1,100 homes are evacuated.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – An Evacuation Order remains in effect for Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods. In total, an estimated 2,500 residents from approximately 1,100 homes are evacuated.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Fire fighters from West Kelowna, Lake Country and Kelowna fire departments are on patrol through the night on the Smith Creek fire.  They’re attending and extinguishing any hot spots or area flare ups that might occur.


 

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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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West Kelowna, B.C. – Members of the public looking for the latest information from the Emergency Operations Centre on the Smith Creek Fire have several options including a website, social media or a public information line.

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West Kelowna, B.C. – The Smith Creek Fire has grown to 400 hectares with aircraft and ground crews continuing a vigorous attack on the blaze with the goal of building fire guards and working towards containment. Approximately 2,500 residents from almost 1,100 homes remain out on Evacuation Order. Areas affected by the Evacuation Order are Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods. Residents from about 150 properties on Lenz Road, including the Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park and from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road also remain on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should fire behaviour increase. Westside residents are asked to be prepared for possible power outages ...

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West Kelowna, B.C. – Westside residents are asked to be prepared for possible power outages as a result of the Smith Creek Fire. The blaze is burning within 100 metres of the main feeder line serving Peachland, Westbank, and West Kelowna. Crews from West Kelowna, Peachland, Kelowna, Lake Country and the BC Forest Service are actively working to guard property and public infrastructure. BC Hydro has provided information for customers to assist in preparing for an outage: What to do during an outage Check whether the power failure is limited to your home. If your neighbour's power is still on, check your circuit breaker panel or fuse box. Call BC Hydro at 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) ...

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News Release No. 8 Date: July 18, 2014 Time: 6:15 a.m. West Kelowna, B.C. – It has been a relatively good night on the fire-lines as crews monitored the Smith Creek fire. Field reports suggest there were a few flare ups during the overnight hours, but they were knocked down quickly by fire fighter patrols from West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country and the BC Wildfire Management Branch. Late last night, the fire was estimated at 200-hectares. Later this morning it’s anticipated an update will be available once crews have had an opportunity to see the fire from the air during daylight hours. Incident Command for the fire will develop a plan of attack for today taking into consideration ...

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West Kelowna, B.C. – BC Wildfire Management Branch has estimated the Smith Creek fire is approximately 200-hectares in size.



 

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An Evacuation Alert has been issued for approximately 150 properties from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road and Lenz Road (including Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park) in West Kelowna as a result of the Smith Creek fire. These people should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event the fire expands.

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The Smith Creek fire has grown to approximately 175-hectares in size. The fire has not yet been contained.



Fire crews from West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country, Kelowna and BC Wildfire Management Branch are working to establish guards, contain the fire and protect homes and vital infrastructure in the area.

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For specific location information, view our interactive map of the evacuation area for the Smith Creek #2 fire. The area in red indicates the evacuation area. To move around, click and drag. Use the plus and minus buttons in the top left of the map to zoom in and out.

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An evacuation order has been expanded to include the Smith Creek Neighbourhood, Tallus Ridge Estates, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods.

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An evacuation order has been expanded in the Smith Creek Area as fire fighters continue to battle a blaze burning above the West Kelowna neighbourhood.

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 An evacuation order has been issued due to a forest fire burning above Smith Creek.

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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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The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is now 100% guarded around the entire fire perimeter. The fire has been determined to be human caused, as natural causes have been ruled out.

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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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Spot fires and flare ups on the Mt. Boucherie fire will be more noticeable as darkness falls. Fire crews will be closely monitoring the situation overnight. The public is asked to avoid calling 9-1-1 to report spot fires on Mt. Boucherie as West Kelowna Fire Rescue is aware of the situation. The public is also asked to avoid East Boundary Road until further notice.


West Kelowna Fire Rescue personnel will begin full action on the fire again in the morning as the terrain is too dangerous to manage at night.


 

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The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is fully contained and approximately 30 per cent guarded. Fire crews will patrol the fire through the night.

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The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is estimated to be 4.24 hectares in size and has not breached fire retardant lines that surround it. The fire remains contained but is not considered under control. No evacuation alerts or orders are anticipated at this time. Residents in the area should watch for updates on www.cordemergency.ca in case circumstances change.

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Fire contained, not under control. No evacuations expected at this time.

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

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News Release No. 1 Date: July 15, 2014 Time: 16:00 (West Kelowna), B.C. – A two hectare brush fire on the east slope of Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna is being actioned by West Kelowna Fire Rescue. BC Forestry has been notified. Well-trained emergency response crews are currently responding to the situation and dealing with the priorities of the incident. No evacuation alerts or orders are being issued at this time The public is asked not to contact emergency dispatch through 911 as emergency personnel are aware of the situation. The public is also asked to avoid East Boundary Road and the east slope of Mt. Boucherie. RCMP are on site to redirect traffic. An Emergency Operations Centre has ...

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A forest fire is burning above Smith Creek and 21 firefighters from West Kelowna Rescue, two from Peachland Fire Department and an initial BC Forest Service Attack Crew of three personnel are responding to the blaze.

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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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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.

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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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With the recscinding of the Evacuation Alerts for the Trepanier Forest Fire in September, the Central Okanagan Emergency Opeartion Centre (EOC) is no longer activated and operating.


In the event of an emergency and EOC activation, current informaton will be posted at cordemergency.ca.


We encourage you to subscribe in order to receive the latest updates by email 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 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 see smoke 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.

 

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre advises all Alerts pertaining to the Trepanier wildfire remain in effect until further notice.  In addition, all Local States of Emergency are still in effect.



A detailed map showing the Alert areas is available at www.cordemergency.ca.



Residents within the areas still on Alert should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in the event conditions change.

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The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre reminds that with the lifting of the final Evacuation Order at 5:00 pm this afternoon, the residents returning to their home will be on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice.


 


In addition, as active fire suppression work continues, please stay out of the way of emergency vehicles and crews.


 


Tonight there will be night patrols involving RCMP as well as structural fire crews and BC Wildfire Management fire fighters.

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Effective at 5:00 pm this afternoon, the Evacuation Order will be rescinded for the entire area covering the District of Peachland and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area of the Regional District.


 


The approximately 258 residents will be allowed back into their homes after 5:00 pm and are reminded that they will be on Evacuation Alert and they should be prepared to leave their homes again with little notice.

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An aerial assessment this morning of the Trepanier forest fire Evacuation Area has revealed it is not safe enough for any more people to return to their homes.


 


It’s anticipated that the earliest any change might be made to the Evacuation Order for residents within the District of Peachland is later this afternoon

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Once again, overnight conditions supported the efforts of fire fighters patrolling areas affected by the Trepanier forest fire.


 


A few spot fires were reported to fire patrols by RCMP, which has also been conducting patrols throughout the area still under evacuation order and staffing security checkpoints.


 


BC Wildfire Management says the fire hasn’t grown and remains at an estimated 200-hectares and is now 85 per cent contained.

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The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre advises that there will be no further anticipated changes in the Evacuation Order and Alert areas until mid-morning tomorrow at the earliest.


 


 


This is based on the need to ensure public safety and that all areas are safe before allowing residents to re-enter.


 


Local government staff has been and are continuing an extensive effort to identify and where possible remove hazards that could threaten the safety of residents.  Among these hazards are dangerous trees, falling limbs and ground threats (unexpected holes) as well as ensuring infrastructure (electricity) is intact.  There have also been small isolated active fires identified in the Evacuation area.

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A portion of the Evacuation Order for the Trepanier Forest Fire has been reclassified to an Evacuation Alert for the following properties: Cousins Place (5078, 5089, 5091, 5093) Cousins Road (5006, 5010, 5019, 5030, 5039, 5049, 5050, 5095, 5102, 5103, 5104, 5105, 5107, 5109, 5111, 5113, 5115, 5120) Dryden Road (3860, 3870, 3880, 3890, 3896, 3900, 3902, 3904, 3905, 3906, 3908, 3919, 3926, 3927, 3930, 3935, 3943, 3946, 3950, 3951, 3959, 3967, 3975, 3981, 3985, 3986, 4000, 4020) MacKinnon Road (4713, 4855, 5070) Morrison Crescent (5175, 5181) Smith Way (4020, 4024, 4026, 4028, 4029, 4030, 4032, 4033, 4034, 4036, 4038, 4039, 4040, 4041, 4043, 4045, 4047) Trepanier Heights (3909, 3910, 3912, 3915, 3919, 3920, 3923, 3928, 3929, 3931, 3935, 3936, ...

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Cooler temperatures and low wind overnight have provided ideal conditions for fire fighters monitoring the still active Trepanier forest fire.


 


 


Fire crews easily snuffed out a few minor flare ups found during overnight patrols and report a quiet night on the fire front,


 


 


The Unified Command involving BC Wildfire Management and local structural fire departments will be determining today’s plan of action in the continuing effort to contain the blaze which remains at a size of 200-hectares and is 75% contained.

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The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre is correcting some information that was previously released regarding the Evacuation Order The following properties remain on Evacuation Order and are not allowed to return to their homes: 5091 Cousins Place One property north of Highway 97 next to 4713 MacKinnon Road 4713, 4850, 5126 MacKinnon Road The Emergency Operation Centre apologizes for this misinformation and any misunderstanding caused. Approximately 1,134 Peachland residents evacuated as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire are now able to return home tonight. Thanks to favourable weather conditions and excellent firefighting efforts, a portion of the area under Evacuation Order has been reclassified to an Evacuation Alert area. Although residents on the following roads are free to ...

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Approximately 1,134 Peachland residents evacuated as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire will be able to return home tonight. Thanks to favourable weather conditions and excellent firefighting efforts, a portion of the area under Evacuation Order has been reclassified to an Evacuation Alert area. Although residents on the following roads are free to return to their homes, they are reminded that they are on Evacuation Alert and must still be prepared to leave with little notice: Peachland Elementary School Clements Crescent, including the commercial area Chidley Road 5091 Cousins Place 1 property north of Highway 97 next to 4713 MacKinnon Road 4713, 4850, 5126 MacKinnon Road 1st Avenue 2nd Avenue 3rd Avenue 4th Avenue 6th Avenue 7th Avenue ...

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The Emergency Operations Centre has confirmed that three homes in the District of Peachland and one abandoned home in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area have been lost as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire. Numerous outbuildings have also been impacted. Emergency personnel are continuing to formulate a detailed damage assessment and are in the process of notifying affected property owners. Victim Witness Services are working with Emergency Support Services to offer assistance to the families affected. A Unified Command has been established with Peachland Fire Chief Grant Topham and representatives of the BC Wildfire Management Branch and RCMP. Peachland Fire Department is receiving support from BC Forestry and neighbouring fire departments including West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, Summerland, ...

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A Media Conference has been arranged at the Emergency Operations Centre to provide an update on the Trepanier Forest Fire. When: September 10, 2012 11:00 a.m. Where: Station 1 Firehall 2255 Enterprise Way Personnel from the Emergency Operations Centre, Peachland Fire Department, BC Wildfire Management Branch and RCMP will provide an update on the status of the forest fire. Emergency Personnel are conducting a detailed damage assessment and are working to notify affected property owners. More information on properties impacted is expected to be released later this morning. RCMP and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers continue to staff checkpoints to ensure security within the Evacuation Area. Until the Evacuation Order is rescinded, no one will be allowed within ...

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The Trepanier Forest Fire has been estimated at 200-hectares in size. BC Wildfire Management crews and structural fire fighters from across the Central Okanagan have been monitoring the fire overnight. They have been helped by cooler overnight temperatures, showers and low winds, although winds have been increasing over the past few hours. A unified plan of attack for the day will be confirmed as daylight approaches to try and get containment on this fire. RCMP and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue volunteers continue to staff checkpoints to ensure security within the Evacuation Area. Until the Evacuation Order is rescinded, no one will be allowed within the area. The fire forced approximately 1,550 people from their homes and an estimated ...

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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 ...

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The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure advises that Highway 97 is once again open to two way traffic from Princeton Avenue to Glenrosa Road. Highway 97-C the Okanagan Connector is also open to traffic. Check DriveBC.ca for the latest information and any changes in status. There has been overwhelming support from people offering large horse hauling trailers. The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team (CDART) says at this time, horse trailers are not required in the Trepanier area. Anyone willing to help can register with CDART at either Emergency Support Services reception centre: in West Kelowna at the Westbank Lions Community Centre, 2466 Main Street in West Kelowna or the Summerland Arena and Curling Club, 8820 Jubilee Road East. It’s ...

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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: 1st Avenue 2nd Avenue 3rd Avenue 4th Avenue 6th Avenue 7th Avenue Clements Crescent Pincushion Place Ponderosa Drive Ponderosa Place 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. ...

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An Evacuation Order for the Trepanier Forest Fire has been expanded to include the following properties: Chidley Road 5091 Cousins Place One property north of Highway 97 next to 4713 MacKinnon Road 5350 -5358 Huston Road 4713, 4850, 5126 MacKinnon Road 3642 Walker Road Affected residents will be directed to the appropriate Emergency Support Services Reception Centre. A map showing the Evacuation area is available at www.cordemergency.ca. An Evacuation Alert is in effect for properties affected by a forest fire south west of the Okanagan Connector. The streets within the Evacuation Alert area include: 1st Avenue 2nd Avenue 3rd Avenue 4th Avenue 6th Avenue 7th Avenue Clements Crescent Pincushion Place Ponderosa Drive Ponderosa Place An Evacuation Alert means ...

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Regional District of Central Okanagan, B.C.  – An Evacuation Order is in place for properties affected by a forest fire south west of the Okanagan Connector including Trepanier Road from the Connector including Star Place all within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and an area within the District of Peachland

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Regional District of Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Evacuation Alert for properties in Wilsons Landing has been rescinded. The BC Wildfire Management Branch has determined the immediate threat has passed for the properties on evacuation alert since July 30. If the situation changes, further information will be issued or visit the RDCO Emergency website at www.cordemergency.ca .

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Regional District of Central Okanagan, B.C.  –



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, with a handful of additional properties added on Westside Road.



Updated information has been provided regarding the status of Westside Road.  At the request of the BC Wildfire Management Branch, the Ministry of Transportation has  closed Westside Road  from Bear Main Forest Service Road (south end of closure) through to Jenny Creek Subdivision at Browse Road (north end of closure). All traffic is being stopped at Bear Main Forest Service Road for northbound traffic, and all residents in the affected area are being advised to travel north through Vernon along Westside Road.  For updated information on the status of the road please monitor the www.drivebc.ca website or the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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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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Kelowna, B.C. – The local state of emergency and evacuation alert for people living at 549 Truswell Rd. have been rescinded.
Residents of 30 rental units at the Walnut Grove property were placed on 20-minute evacuation alert on the evening on June 14. Part of a retaining wall on the property along Mission Creek was washed away and the rest of the wall was in jeopardy of falling into the creek.
City crews worked overnight to bring in 40 loads of large rip-rap rock to stabilize the property against the fast-flowing high water in Mission Creek.
Residents are asked to continue to exercise caution near any area creeks and streams. Please keep children and pets safely ...

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Kelowna, B.C. – A local state of emergency remains in place this morning for the Walnut Grove property on Truswell Road.
City crews worked through the night to deliver 30 loads of rock to stabilize a failing retaining wall along Mission Creek.
Updates will be posted when new information is available.

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Kelowna, B.C. – A failing retaining wall at the Walnut Grove property at 549 Truswell Rd. has prompted a local state of emergency.
Residents at the 30-unit rental property have been placed on evacuation alert.
Part of a retaining wall abutting Mission Creek at the back of the Walnut Grove property has fallen into the creek and the rest of the wall lining the creek is in jeopardy of falling.
After monitoring Mission Creek water flow at the property throughout the day and an inspection Thursday evening by a hydrological engineer, emergency officials decided to put the residents on evacuation alert.
City crews are preparing to remove some soil from the area and bring in ...

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The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program has been active on several fronts over the weekend as last week’s rainfall has caused localized flooding problems.


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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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As summer approaches and residents prepare their patios and yards for warmer weather, the City reminds residents to be aware of local smoke control and fire prevention bylaws.


The City of Kelowna Fire Prevention Regulation Bylaw No. 6110 regulates open burning and wood burning appliances. Different restrictions are in place for other municipalities in the Central Okanagan. Residents in other areas should speak with their Fire Department to check local restrictions and see if campfires or wood burning appliances are allowed, and if permits are required.

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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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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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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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A forest fire in the Bear Creek Provincial Park area, adjacent to Westside Road, residents and visitors in Traders Cove, Bear Creek Service Road and Bear Creek Provincial Park have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared.

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As work continues today reinforcing the dike along a section of Mission Creek, emergency officials are also concerned for boaters on Okanagan Lake.

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A state of local emergency was declared this morning by Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd for two properties along Mission Creek.

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