RDCO Evacuation Orders/Alerts Remain in Place

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 9:08am

Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre advises there is currently no change in Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the White Rock Lake wildfire. With this weekend’s forecast calling for hot and dry conditions, residents are reminded to remain alert and subscribed to cordermergency.ca for updates. A detailed map showing the present status of Orders and Alerts affecting properties within the RDCO is at cordemergency.ca/map.

“Working alongside other agencies, fire fighters continue their hard work, patrolling for hotspots and combustibles to mitigate potential fire growth,” says Alex Van Bruksvoort, North Westside Fire Chief. “There are no confirmed reports of structure damage in the area overnight.”

Volunteers continue to staff the Emergency Support Services reception centre, 1480 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna from 10 – 6 p.m.

Residents that are on Evacuation Alert must be prepared to leave their home on short notice. Information and links to help with emergency preparations is available at cordemergency.ca/beprepared.

For the latest information on Westside Road access and closures please visit drivebc.ca.  

The Emergency Operations Centre is providing support to first responders and those in the field that are working on the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Emergency response personnel request that the public:

  • Avoid the area so emergency responders can effectively perform their duties
  • Boaters are asked to steer clear of air supports.
  • 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.