Philpott Road Fire News Release #1

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 2:46pm

The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated to support fire crews fighting a spreading wildfire in the Joe Rich area.

An evacuation is underway for properties from Cardinal Creek Road to the eastern boundary of the Regional District.  Properties east of Greystokes Road must evacuate via McCulloch Road.  A detailed map will be available showing affected properties at www.cordemergency.ca.

All properties west of Cardinal Creek Road are on evacuation alert and should be prepared to leave on short notice should conditions change.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre is being established at Willow Park church on Highway 33 in Kelowna.  It will be open to help residents starting at 5:00 pm.

Highway 33 is closed at Cardinal Creek Road as ground and air crews are involved in fighting the blaze that was reported shortly after 1:30 this afternoon.

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

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

  • Avoid the Highway 33 area so 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