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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 Earlier today, the Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road was rescinded and placed on Evacuation Alert.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No. 29 Date: July 23, 2014 Time: 11:45 West Kelowna, B.C. – The Evacuation Order for one property on Dixie Road will be rescinded as of 1:00 p.m. today and an Evacuation Alert put in place for this property.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
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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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