Significant property damage in Killiney area

Monday, August 16, 2021 - 8:32am

News Release No. 24, Central Okanagan B.C. - Multiple structures in the Killiney area experienced significant damage overnight as drought conditions and high winds increased fire action on the White Rock Lake Fire.

Early reports indicate limited structural damage at the Mt. Law fire this morning.  

Due to evolving conditions crews have not been able to complete a full assessment of structure damage.  More information will be provided to property owners and the media as it becomes available.

All evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect. For a map of the affected properties in the Central Okanagan, visit cordemergency.ca/map.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for today and tomorrow, but fires remain out of control and are expected to be active today. Central Okanagan and BC Wildfire Fire crews will continue suppression efforts on the ground and in the air today. People are asked to stay away from areas close the fires to ensure the access and safety of first responders. Boaters should avoid areas of the lake being used by air support.

Residents in the Alert areas are advised 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, consider staying with friends or family in another area of the Central Okanagan, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

A detailed map is available showing affected properties at cordemergency.ca. Residents can stay informed by signing up for e-updates at cordemergency.ca.

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre at Mount Boucherie Secondary has closed to streamline operations. Evacuees can pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca. Residents requiring assistance, including lodging, should report to the Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre at 1480 Sutherland Ave will be open today 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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.