Fire Prevention Week!

Hey everyone, it’s Fire Prevention Week! The National Fire Protection Association theme this year is LEARN THE SOUNDS OF FIRE SAFETY, and they have a great resource that helps explain the sounds you may hear coming from your smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm. You can download it below. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page here.

There’s also this page with helpful ideas for those who may need a different kind of alarm.

The City of Kelowna has a great fire prevention webpage full of information and resources, as well as a helpful videos from the Kelowna Fire Department that explain smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements and maintenance, and kitchen fire safety. Check those out below!

Coping with Natural Disaster stress…

Hey everyone, CLBC’s August 27th update had some great information and resources to help cope with stress caused by natural disasters. Wildfires and floods can be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, know that you are not alone. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a website dedicated to information and resources to help.

There are also free, confidential support and crisis lines available 24/7:

CLBC Update for Individuals & Families

Hey everyone, CLBC’s update for August 27th is now posted. All CLBC updates are posted on their website here and you can sign up to get updates using the link to the sign up page.

Highlights included this update:

EVACUATIONS: Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Hi all, there is a new way to get into contact with Emergency Support Services (ESS) if you are affected by wildfire. You can call 1-833-498-3770 to register and access assistance from Emergency Support Services, such as for lodging and food.

A reminder, too, that the ESS reception centre in the Kelowna area is physically located at 1480 Sutherland Ave.

EVACUATIONS: More orders, more on alert…

Hey everyone, there have been more evacuation orders and more evacuation alerts overnight for the Mount Law wildfire (between West Kelowna and Peachland). Please check the new information (below) and pass it along to anyone affected.

News Release No. 7 Central Okanagan, B.C. —  An additional 18 properties in the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and Peachland have been added to the Evacuation Alert area for the Mount Law Fire.

Properties added to the existing alert area are inclusive of 4740 Trepanier Road (northwest end) to 4980 Trepanier Road (southeast end) and include:

  • 4850 to 4855 MacKinnon Road
  • 4802 to 4995 Trepanier Road
  • 4902 to 4975 Star Place

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, pre-register with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca, make arrangements for pets and pack essential items such as medicines and important documents.

The EOC has also expanded an Evacuation Order onto crown land in the southeast corner of the Mount Law fire. This expansion Order does not include any private property. The Gorman Mill site remains under evacuation alert.

All other Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in effect. For a map of the affected properties in the Central Okanagan, visit cordemergency.ca/map.

ADVISORY: Stay off highways…

Hey everyone, the Ministry of Transportation is urging people to stay off wildfire-affected highways for non-essential travel.

In particular, all major highways into the Thompson/Okanagan are impacted in some way by wildfires. The Ministry says fire conditions are changing quickly, so they cannot guarantee drivers will have advanced notice of any more road closures. In addition, non-essential travel on key roads can get in the way of evacuations.

The Ministry’s update advises that, if you have to travel on Interior highways near wildfires, you should make sure you are prepared for possible delays or closures:

  • travel with a full tank of gas
  • bring food and water
  • carry emergency supplies

You can check out updates on the DriveBC website for the most current road information here.

EVACUATION ORDER: Mount Law Wildfire

Hey everyone, new evacuation alerts and evacuation orders have been put into place for the Mount Law wildfire just outside of West Kelowna and Peachland. Check out the information below from Central Okanagan Emergency Operations. There’s also a live map link here, and a link to the latest updates here.

News Release No. 5 Central Okanagan, B.C. — The Mount Law wildfire remains a dynamic and evolving situation. Additional Evacuation Alerts have now been issued for 60 properties, including some within Peachland and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (RDCO), as follows:

  • 4305 to 4495 Maxwell Road              
  • 5039 to 5051 Trepanier Court
  • 4965 to 4975 Venner Court
  • 4715 to 5078 Paradise Valley Drive
  • 4414 to 4690 Trepanier Road
  • 4995 Trepanier Road
  • 4850 to 5090 MacKinnon Road

The Evacuation Order for approximately 460 properties put in place earlier Sunday evening remains in effect and includes:

  • 4713 MacKinnon Road
  • 5000 Glenrosa Road (Bull Mountain Resort – formerly Crystal Mountain Resort)
  • 4425 Glenrosa Road (Telemark Nordic Club)
  • 3237 to 3530 Carre Road
  • 3237 to 3512 Corine Road
  • 3372 to 3725 Emerald Road
  • 3496 Fenton Road
  • 3318 to 3475 Gill Road
  • 3280 to 3802 Glenrosa Road
  • 3301 to 3583 McKellar Road
  • 3230 to 3525 Preston Road
  • 3325 to 3770 Turnbull Road
  • All properties east of Gates Rd. to Glenrosa Rd.

Residents on Evacuation Order should leave their properties immediately.

Properties that remain on Evacuation Alert include:

  • All other properties in the Glenrosa neighbourhood
  • 226 properties in the area west of Glen Canyon and Goats Peak, inclusive of 3801 Gellatly Road south (north end) to 300 Seclusion Bay Rd (south end).

Residents in the Alert area 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.

OKANAGAN: Evacuation Order Change…

Hey everyone, there’s been changes to the remaining Evacuation Alert and Evacuation Order for the White Rock Lake fire. Check out the info bulletin released (below).

News Release no. 12 Central Okanagan, B.C. – The Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre has updated the White Rock Lake wildfire Evacuation Orders and Alerts.

Order Rescinded

The Evacuation Order has been rescinded for La Casa Lakeside Resort, Fintry, Upper Fintry and Shalal Road and properties north of and including 6409 Westside Road to La Casa. Residents for these properties may now return home and remain on Evacuation Alert.  They must continue to be prepared to leave their homes on short notice should fire conditions change.  A detailed map showing the updated Evacuation Order and Alert area is available at www.cordemergency.ca/map.

The new Alert Area includes properties in communities along Westside Road from the south end of Valley of the Sun to north of and including 6409 Westside Road.

Returning residents should be aware electricity was off from Friday evening until BC Hydro was able to restore electrical service yesterday afternoon. 

Residents should consider potential food safety, water and sewage disposal issues related to the loss of power during a wildfire. Interior Health has information residents may consider to stay food safe and urge ‘When in doubt, throw it out’.  Specific food safety information is available on the Interior Health website:

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued Water Quality Advisories for the Upper Fintry-Shalal Rd.-Valley of the Sun and Westshore Estates water systems due to the wildfire.  A previous Water Quality Advisory for the Killiney Beach water system remains in place.  Visit www.rdco.com/water for details.

Alert Rescinded

The previous Evacuation Alert has been removed for the Westside Road communities from north of Traders Cove to south of 6409 Westside Road.  This Alert has also been removed for public lands north of Bear Lake Main and Esperon Creek Forest Service Roads to the western RDCO boundary. Visit www.cordemergency.ca/map for a detailed map.

Evacuation Order Continues, conditions remain unpredictable

The Evacuation Order continues for areas along Westside Road from the northern RDCO boundary to the south end of Valley of the Sun.  The Order also includes a mostly rural area of forest service roads outside the boundary of the North Westside Fire Service Area to the west of Westshore Estates and includes public lands within the RDCO boundary north and west of the Valley of the Sun subdivision.

The White Rock Lake wildfire remains classified as out of control by the BC Wildfire Services. […]

Let’s Be FireSmart…

Hey everyone, with fire season fully upon us we wanted to highlight two short animated videos being released by Nelson Fire & Rescue Services.

Did you know there are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of losing homes and buildings from wildfire? Through a grant from Columbia Basin Trust, local illustrator Nathan Wilkinson and vocal artist Maddisun worked with Nelson Fire & Rescue Services to create these two short animated films to help spread the message of FireSmart and wildfire safety.

Check out how to “Be FireSmart-Today” in the videos below or on YouTube!

EVACUATION ORDER: White Rock Lake Wildfire

Hey everyone, the Evacuation Order issued for the White Rock Lake Wildfire was expanded over this past weekend. Please review the alert and pass along to those who may be affected!

News Release No. 9 Central Okanagan, B.C. – In light of continued aggressive behavior and unpredictable winds with the White Rock Lake wildfire, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has expanded its Evacuation Order.

Residents from approximately 975 properties previously on Alert along Westside Road are now under Evacuation Order and must leave their homes and campsites immediately.  The affected area runs south from Ewings Landing to the south end of La Casa Lakeside Resort.  This includes properties in:

  • Valley of the Sun
  • Upper Fintry
  • Shalal Road
  • Fintry Delta
  • Fintry Provincial Park
  • La Casa Lakeside Resort

Residents that require in-person help with food, lodging and Emergency Support Services registration should visit the reception centre at 1480 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna.  The centre is open until 10 tonight and tomorrow from 12 – 8 p.m.  Online registration is also available through Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca.

Non-residents and those visiting in the Evacuation area should consider safely returning to their communities as ESS services are strained by evacuees across the Province.  If you’re vacationing with a travel trailer and are evacuated, temporary parking is available at Jim Lind arena/Royal LePage Place, 2760 Cameron Road in West Kelowna.

The Evacuation Alert area now affects residents living in Westside Road communities and subdivisions south of La Casa Lakeside Resort to north of Traders Cove (intersection of Bear Lake Main Forest Service Road and Westside Road).  Those in this area should be prepared to leave their homes with short notice in case fire conditions change.  Pre-registration is available with ESS online at ess.gov.bc.ca.

They should also make arrangements in advance for boarding of pets and livestock.

A detailed map is available showing affected properties at cordemergency.ca.

For information and updates on the wildfire visit the BC Wildfire Service White Lake Road Fire of Note webpage: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=855

Emergency Operations Centre staff are working with other response agencies to manage the situation and minimize the impacts. RCMP are regularly patrolling the evacuated area and structural firefighting crews are providing fire assistance and patrols.

Westside Road is closed to all traffic south of La Casa. Visit drivebc.ca for road closure details.