The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre advises that there will be no further anticipated changes in the Evacuation Order and Alert areas until mid-morning tomorrow at the earliest.
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The Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre is correcting some information that was previously released regarding the Evacuation Order
Approximately 1,134 Peachland residents evacuated as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire will be able to return home tonight. Thanks to favourable weather conditions and excellent firefighting efforts, a portion of the area under Evacuation Order has been reclassified to an Evacuation Alert area. Although residents on the following roads are free to return to their homes, they are reminded that they are on Evacuation Alert and must still be prepared to leave with little notice: Continue reading Trepanier Forest Fire Update – News Release No. 9
The Emergency Operations Centre has confirmed that three homes in the District of Peachland and one abandoned home in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area have been lost as a result of the Trepanier Forest Fire. Numerous outbuildings have also been impacted. Emergency personnel are continuing to formulate a detailed damage assessment and are in the process of notifying affected property owners. Victim Witness Services are working with Emergency Support Services to offer assistance to the families affected.
A Unified Command has been established with Peachland Fire Chief Grant Topham and representatives of the BC Wildfire Management Branch and RCMP. Peachland Fire Department is receiving support from BC Forestry and neighbouring fire departments including West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, Summerland, Penticton, North Westside, Ellison and Joe Rich. Search and Rescue and RCMP worked together to perform safe evacuations and alerts of our residents. Continue reading Trepanier Forest Fire Update – News Release No. 8
The Trepanier Forest Fire has been estimated at 200-hectares in size.
BC Wildfire Management crews and structural fire fighters from across the Central Okanagan have been monitoring the fire overnight. They have been helped by cooler overnight temperatures, showers and low winds, although winds have been increasing over the past few hours.
A unified plan of attack for the day will be confirmed as daylight approaches to try and get containment on this fire.
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If you are enjoying Canada’s outdoors this summer please do you part to preserve our forests, properties, and lives. If you see a forest fire please call: 1-800-663-5555, Cellular *5555, or 911. Be ready to share as much information as needed to assist in the initial assessment of the fire. Your assistance will help emergency management personnel determine the best course of action in managing the fire.
Before you head out, please be sure to check the campfire regulations in your area. Stay informed by calling: 1-888-3-FOREST for up to date information. Please read the Stoves & Campfires PDF for information on outdoor fires, and be sure you understand the regulations. Remember: The Wildfire Act applies to all Public & Private lands in BC.
Please visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp for information on forest fires in British Columbia.
Thank you for doing your part.
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