Rain supports suppression efforts on Mount Law wildfire

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 11:44am

News Release No. 8 Central Okanagan, B.C. — Cooler temperatures and some light rain overnight provided some relief to crews but conditions remain extremely dry. The Mount Law fire is still classified out of control and continues to be active.

BC Wildfire and crews from local fire departments including West Kelowna, remained onsite overnight.

“There are currently 44 personnel in the area today. Our focus includes putting out hot spots, continuing patrols and completing damage assessments when it’s safe to do so,” said Jason Brolund, City of West Kelowna Fire Chief. “It’s critical for the safety of our crews and suppression efforts that all residents leave and stay out of evacuated areas.”

Evacuated residents can call 1-833-498-3770 to register and access assistance, such as lodging and food, from Emergency Support Services. The ESS reception centre at 1480 Sutherland is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Evacuated residents are encouraged to register even if they have accommodations.

There has been a generous outpouring of support from the community. ESS has enough accommodation for evacuees at this time and offers of private accommodation cannot be coordinated at this time.

Residents in the Alert areas are reminded to be ready to leave their home at a moment’s notice. They should be prepared to be away from their home for an extended period of time, pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

For a map of Evacuation Alerts and Orders in effect in the Central Okanagan, visit cordemergency.ca/map.

Residents can stay informed by signing up for e-updates at cordemergency.ca.

Visitors from outside of the Central Okanagan should check DriveBC.ca to confirm highways are open before heading back home. Anyone wishing to check whether friends or family have been evacuated can use the “Find an address or place” search feature on the website at cordemergency.ca/map. Properties within the red outline are on Evacuation Order and properties within the amber outline are on Evacuation Alert.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

For more information about this wildfire, visit cordemergency.ca, sign up for e-updates, or call the information line at 250-469-8490.