Expanded RDCO Evacuation Order for White Rock Lake wildfire
News Release No. 9 Central Okanagan, B.C. – In light of continued aggressive behavior and unpredictable winds with the White Rock Lake wildfire, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has expanded its Evacuation Order.
Residents from approximately 975 properties previously on Alert along Westside Road are now under Evacuation Order and must leave their homes and campsites immediately. The affected area runs south from Ewings Landing to the south end of La Casa Lakeside Resort. This includes properties in:
- Valley of the Sun
- Upper Fintry
- Shalal Road
- Fintry Delta
- Fintry Provincial Park
- La Casa Lakeside Resort
Residents that require in-person help with food, lodging and Emergency Support Services registration should visit the reception centre at 1480 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. The centre is open until 10 tonight and tomorrow from 12 – 8 p.m. Online registration is also available through Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca.
Non-residents and those visiting in the Evacuation area should consider safely returning to their communities as ESS services are strained by evacuees across the Province. If you’re vacationing with a travel trailer and are evacuated, temporary parking is available at Jim Lind arena/Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna
The Evacuation Alert area now affects residents living in Westside Road communities and subdivisions south of La Casa Lakeside Resort to north of Traders Cove (intersection of Bear Lake Main Forest Service Road and Westside Road). Those in this area should be prepared to leave their homes with short notice in case fire conditions change. Pre-registration is available with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca.
They should also make arrangements in advance for boarding of pets and livestock.
A detailed map is available showing affected properties at cordemergency.ca.
For information and updates on the wildfire visit the BC Wildfire Service White Lake Road Fire of Note webpage:
Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts. RCMP are regularly patrolling the evacuated area and structural firefighting crews are providing fire assistance and patrols.
Westside Road is closed to all traffic south of La Casa. Visit drivebc.ca for road closure details.
Emergency response personnel request that the public:
- Avoid the area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties
- Please only call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
- Call *5555 on a cell phone to report a wildfire.
- Monitor cordemergency.ca, facebook.com/cordemergency or twitter.com/CO_emerg for official situation updates and preparedness information
For more information about this wildfire, visit cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates, or call the information line at 250-469-8490.