Okanagan Centre Fire News Release #2

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 6:48pm

An Emergency Support Services reception centre is open for residents evacuated as a result of this afternoon’s fire in Lake Country.

ESS volunteers are available to help register residents now at the existing reception centre at the Kelowna Salvation Army Church, 1480 Sutherland Avenue at Burtch Road and Sutherland Avenue.  Those people out of their homes must attend the reception centre in person to register for assistance and group lodging.

Air and ground crews are working this blaze which was reported just after 4:30 this afternoon above Okanagan Centre Road West in Lake Country.  A tactical evacuation was done for a number of properties in several upslope areas of Okanagan Centre.

The Emergency Operations Centre is supporting Lake Country fire crews on this fire.  Fire crews and equipment from Kelowna, West Kelowna and Ellison fire departments along with BC Wildfire Service air support are assisting on this fire.

New information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

  • Avoid the Okanagan Centre Road West, Tyndall Road, Camp Road, and Long Road areasso emergency responders can effectively perform their duties

  • Monitor cordemergency.ca for confirmed information about the situation

  • Please only CALL 9-1-1 in case of emergency

  • Monitor cordemergency.ca, facebook.com/CORDEmergency or twitter.com/CO_Emerg for confirmed information about the situation