Evacuation Alert remains for Brenda Creek wildfire News Release No. 10

News Release No. 10 Central Okanagan, B.C. – Structural firefighters and equipment from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and North Westside fire departments continue providing support to the BC Wildfire Service working on the Brenda Creek wildfire, northwest of Peachland and south of Highway 97-C.

The local departments are extinguishing hot spots and patrolling along the BC Hydro transmission line through the wildfire area.

BC Wildfire reports the fire remains out of control and is estimated at 450 hectares in size.

As a result, the Evacuation Alert continues within a portion of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area of the Regional District of Central Okanagan affecting approximately 18 properties, three recreational campsites and Crown land in the RDCO electoral area.  An online map showing the Alert area is available at cordemergency.ca/map.  This area is also affected by a BC Wildfire Area Restriction Order.

Local governments on the west side of Okanagan Lake are working with other agencies such as BC Hydro, Interior Health and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on plans to provide services should there be any extended power disruption.

BC Hydro continues to actively monitor its transmission line and infrastructure through the Brenda Creek wildfire area. Crews remain on standby and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

Customers are encouraged to learn more about preparing for any potential electricity outage by visiting BC Hydro’s website:

Interior Health has food safety information online to assist residents and businesses that could be impacted by any disruption in electrical service:

The next update from the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is anticipated at 12 p.m. Wednesday.  In the meantime, the EOC remains ready to respond to any change in fire conditions as it supports first responders on the Brenda Creek wildfire.

All Central Okanagan residents are reminded 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 Be Prepared page 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.