RDCO Evacuation Orders/Alerts Remain in Place

Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 9:40am

News Release No. 20, Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre advises that there are no changes in Evacuation Orders or Alerts for the White Rock Lake wildfire.

“North Westside fire fighters in partnership with BC Wildfire are continuing their patrols today. They are  looking for hotspots and removing combustible materials from around homes in the Valley of the Sun neighbourhood,” said Alex Van Bruksvoort, North Westside Fire Chief. “There were once again no confirmed reports of structural damage in the area overnight.”

On BC Wildfire advice, Temporary Access Permits allowing residents back into evacuated areas to collect items are no longer likely. This is due to the fire’s increased and unpredictable nature, along with upcoming weather this weekend.

The forecast is calling for dry and windy 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.

Residents in an alert area should remain prepared to leave their homes with short notice and to be away for an extended period of time. This includes making arrangements for pets and packing essential items such as medicines and important documents. Some ways residents can get prepared include:

  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit
  • Know where the water and power shut off are in your house
  • Have an evacuation plan, including for your pets
  • Visit cordemergency.ca/beprepared

In addition to pre-registering at ess.gov.bc.ca, evacuees requiring support services, such as vouchers for accommodation or food, should attend the reception center in Kelowna at 1480 Sutherland Ave. The centre is scheduled to be open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. unless conditions change.

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 support
  • Please only call 9-1-1 in case of emergency
  • Call *5555 on a cell phone to report a wildfire
  • Subscribe and follow 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.