News Release No. 8 Updated Evacuation Order for White Rock Lake wildfire
News Release No. 8 Central Okanagan, B.C. – A new Evacuation Order is issued for the RDCO Central Okanagan West Electoral Area in response to the White Rock Lake wildfire. Properties from south of Westshore Estates along Westside Road from Killiney Beach including Ewings Landing are now under this extended Evacuation Order and were previously on an Evacuation Alert from August 1.
Residents in this extended evacuation area have until 1 p.m. this afternoon to return and gather belongings and all must leave the area by 1 p.m. They must leave the area travelling south on Westside Road as there is no access to the north.
The new Evacuation Order includes 608 properties along Westside Road from 8525 Ewings Landing Road (south end) to 9995 Westside Road (north end), up to the Sugarloaf Forest Service Road turn off. Specific roads affected include:
- Attenborough Rd
- Beachwood Rd
- Blarney Pl
- Brant Rd
- Elliot Rd
- Ewings Landing Rd
- Portion of Fintry Estates (parcel at the end of Houghton Rd)
- Galway Pl
- Hodges Rd
- Homer Cres
- Houghton Rd
- Keithley Rd
- Kenyon Rd
- Kilarney Pl
- Kildare Way
- Kilkenny Pl
- Killarney Pl
- Killarney Way
- Killeney Beach
- Killeney Pl
- Leah Rd
- Lester Rd
- Marchbank Rd
- Moody Cres
- Nerie Rd
- Sugar Loaf FSR
- Udell Rd
- Westside Rd (from 8645 to 9995 Westside Rd)
- Portions of Westside Rd N
- Winchester Dr
- Winchester Rd
A detailed map is available showing affected properties at cordemergency.ca.
As the area was previously on Alert, most residents should be prepared to leave their properties and be away from their homes for an extended period of time and report to Emergency Social Services (ESS).
An Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre for evacuated residents is located at 1480 Sutherland Ave in Kelowna. ESS volunteers are available, as needed, to help affected Central Okanagan residents. Residents that are evacuated from their homes must report to the reception centre to receive any assistance and lodging. Evacuees can pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca but still need to visit the ESS Reception Centre in order to receive the appropriate supplier forms as specific paperwork is required in order to access these services.
Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts. RCMP will regularly patrol the evacuated area. Sections of Westside Road through evacuation areas will be closed and residents will not be able to travel north to Vernon. 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.