Brenda Creek wildfire Evacuation Alert continues News Release 5

Friday, July 16, 2021 - 11:58am

News Release No. 5 Central Okanagan, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service reports no significant growth in the 400 hectare Brenda Creek wildfire, south of the Okanagan Connector Highway 97-C and northwest of Peachland.

It has firefighters on the ground, heavy equipment and three helicopters working on the fire today, which is still considered out of control.

The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for approximately 18 properties with registered owners and three recreational camp areas and Crown land within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  Those impacted should be prepared to leave on short notice should fire behaviour require an upgrade to an Evacuation Order.  A detailed map showing the Alert area is available online at cordemergency.ca/map along with the latest information from the Emergency Operations Centre.

Kelowna and West Kelowna fire department are providing firefighters and equipment to support the BC Wildfire Service on this blaze.  Local governments and other agencies continue to respond and develop contingency plans to ensure important services are available for residents.

This morning BC Hydro was able to conduct an assessment by helicopter of most of the transmission line in the area, and it appears there is no damage to the infrastructure they were able to assess. There are some structures they cannot yet assess due to smoke. BC Hydro crews are ready to respond at a moment’s notice if required.

The Emergency Operations Centre continues to encourage those residents and businesses that might be affected by any power outage to consider as part of their emergency preparations, visiting the BC Hydro website and how to prepare for any power outage:

Interior Health has helpful information regarding food safety during power outages:

Fortis BC also has information for those that could be affected by the wildfire. For more information visit fortisbc.com/forestfires.

The Emergency program reminds all Central Okanagan residents that they should know the risks of potential emergencies, make a plan and prepare grab and go kits in the event they are required to leave their homes for at least 72 hours.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website, cordemergency.ca, is a centralized location for regional public emergency and preparedness information, including links to useful provincial and federal emergency resources such as PreparedBC, BC Wildfire Services, Emergency Management BC and Air Quality readings. 

Be sure to sign-up for e-updates to receive timely updates directly to your inbox about emergency incidents. The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre also provides information on Facebook at facebook.com/CORDEmergency and Twitter at twitter.com/CO_Emerg