Philpott Road Fire News Release #2

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 3:45pm

An Evacuation Order for the Philpott Road wildfire has been issued for the entire area of Joe Rich, from Walker Hill on the Highway 33 western boundary of the City of Kelowna to Big White Road to the east and Mission Creek and Joe Rich Creek along the south.  This affects approximately 474 properties and an estimated 1,100 people.

A detailed map showing the affected properties within the Evacuation Order area will be available at www.cordemergency.ca .

Structural fire crews from the Joe Rich, Kelowna, Ellison and Lake Country departments are involved in fighting the blaze that was reported shortly after 1:30 this afternoon.  As well, crews from the BC Wildfire Service are fighting the blaze.

An Emergency Support Services reception centre is being set up at Willow Park Church, 439 Highway 33 West in Kelowna.  ESS volunteers will be available starting at 5:00 pm to help affected residents.

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