Water pumps and sources in place for North Westside

Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 9:10am

News Release No. 22, Central Okanagan, B.C. – While BC Wildfire has updated the White Rock Lake wildfire size to 62,273 hectares, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre advises that there are no changes in Evacuation Orders or Alerts within the Central Okanagan this morning. No structures were damaged overnight.

“North Westside fire fighters are continuing to work in the residential neighbourhoods within reach of the fire. Patrols looking for hot spots continued overnight, even with the heavy smoke,” reports Alex Van Bruksvoort, North Westside Fire Chief. “Today the crews will monitor the significant number of pumps and water sources that have been put in place. We’ll also be testing and practicing, to make sure the equipment starts up at a moment’s notice if it is needed.”

The forecast is continuing to call 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 Avenue. The centre is scheduled to be open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. unless conditions change.

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 expected winds today.

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.