2017 Emergency Operations Centre

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)- Contact Info


EOC1-250-490-4225 (8:30am - 4:30pm)

325 Power Street, Penticton




1-250-328-2702 (Reception)

Resiliency Centre, Princeton Senior Centre


162 Angela Ave Princeton




Wildfire North of Princeton, BC

July 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

July 26th - Staged Opening of Summers Creek Rd

July 24th - Shift of Services from Reception Centre to Resiliency Centre

As of 6:30 pm Wednesday, July 26, all mandatory Evacuation Orders will be lifted from 19 homes along the southern end of Summer’s Creek Road near Princeton, BC. These were the last homes remaining on Evacuation Order due to the Princeton wildfire. There will be a staged re-entry from Wednesday to Friday for the 19 homes as described below. Summers Creek Rd will not be opened to all traffic, including all Missezula Lake residents and property owners, until 6:30 pm on Friday July 28th. All homes along Summers Creek Rd have been placed on an Evacuation Alert due to the active, but contained, wildfire north of Princeton. 

As described below, access to properties on Summer’s Creek Road will be in a regulated, staged manner to allow for fire crews to conduct clean-up operations. All properties near the Princeton wildfire remain under a Local State of Emergency. Fire crews retain the right to enter private property to fight the wildfire. All property owners and residents are asked to stay well back from crews and not interfere with their work.

The schedule for property access via Summer’s Creek Road:

Wed July 26  Open Overnight  6:30 pm until 6:00 am July 27 - Access only for residents of 19 Properties Along Southern End of Summers Creek Road

Thurs July 27  Closed Daytime: 6:00 am until 6:30 pm  - All Traffic Prohibited

Thurs July 27  Open Overnight 6:30 pm until 6:00 July 28 am  - Access only for residents of 19 Properties Along Southern End of Summers Creek Road

Fri July 28  Closed Daytime: 6:00 am until 6:30 pm - All Traffic Prohibited

Fri July 28  at 6:30 pm Summers Creek Rd fully open (including Missezula Lake)

Note: The speed limit on Summer’s Creek Road will be reduced to 30 kph.

RCMP will have check points at North and South points on Summer’s Creek Road

Summers Creek Rd. residents will require clearance letters supplied by the Regional District to be allowed to go back to their properties. Letters can be obtained from the Princeton Resiliency Centre located at Princeton Senior’s Centre at 162 Angela Ave.  The Canadian Red Cross representaives are at the Resiliency Centre until Friday July 28th. The centre will remain open until 7 pm tonight to accommodate residents needing access letters. The Centre will be open 9 am to noon, Monday to Friday. They can be reached at 250-295-0202

All homes removed from mandatory Evacuation will remain on advisory Evacuation Alert. All properties near the Princeton wildfire remain under a Local State of Emergency. Fire crews retain the right to enter private property to fight the wildfire. All property owners and residents are asked to stay well back from crews and not interfere with their work.  The total number of properties on advisory Evacuation Alert are 604.

The Kettle Valley Railway section of the Trans Canada Trail Hwy remains closed in the Jura area between the Erris Tunnel and Princeton. Trail users can use Princeton Summerland Road to get through this area at this time.

  • A Resiliency Centre, 250-295-7515, (open M-F, 9am-Noon) is set up at the Princeton Seniors Centre, located at 162 Angela Avenue with access to counselling;
  • The Skills Centre located at 206 Vermilion Avenue (open M-F, 9am-4pm) will assist people with setting up on-line banking and setting up an email address to access Red Cross assistance;
  • Food is accessible for all evacuees at the food bank located at the Princeton Baptist Church at 160 Old Hedley Rd, 250-295-2127, beside the Riverside Community Centre;

  • Clothing is available at the Crisis Centre, located at 111 Vermilion Avenue, 250-293-1120 and at the hospital auxiliary.

 Consult www.drivebc.com for updates on Highway 5A.

June 29 - No Wake, Low Wake – Respectful Boating During High Lake Levels on Okanagan Lake

While lake levels in the South Okanagan decline slowly, water levels remain above the predicted 200-year flood levels. Boating is a significant tourist attraction in the Okanagan; especially during summer long weekends.  With higher than normal lake levels, boaters should ensure their safety and minimize their impacts to vulnerable homes, docks and property.

  • Be aware there are submerged docks, dock materials and floating debris in the lake,
  • No hydroplaning (fast speeds creating a large wake) for now,
  • Keep wake in the low wake zones to 30 cm maximum to minimize damage to shoreline and property,
  • Larger and heavier boats create more damaging waves even at low speeds,
  • Remain 300 metres from the shoreline whenever possible or travel in the centre of the lake when approaching vulnerable shorelines,
  • Less than 300 metres to shore, slow down (under 5 knots) to the point where there is the smallest wake possible,
  • Refer to the Wake Map at www.rdos.bc.ca to see areas of concern. The current map is attached at the end of this information release.

No wake zones are shown for 300 m from the foreshore of Summerland, Naramata, Indian Rock, North Beach and Three Mile Beach in Penticton. Boaters should stay well back from any lake areas with docks or buildings to avoid damaging property or foreshore.

At this time the only boat launch that is open in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on Okanagan Lake is the Penticton Marina. Risks to homes and docks will be reduced as lake levels come down. Updates will be provided on an ongoing basis.

Skaha & Osoyoos Lakes

On Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes, beaches, boat launches and parks are open and welcoming visitors. Boaters should still exercise caution with respect to debris and submerged hazards.  All users should be respectful of others as boat ramps and beaches may be quite busy. Regular beach goers may be using these lakes as alternatives to Okanagan Lake.

Okanagan River Channel in Penticton

High, rapid moving water makes activity on the Okanagan Channel extremely dangerous. Floating on the Penticton Channel is not advised at this time.

For more information on please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-490-4225 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737.

June 23, 2017 - Keep Flood Protections in Place / Starting the Recovery Process

Although lake levels in the South Okanagan are declining slowly, water levels remain at historic highs. This means residents along lake shorelines should remain vigilant and continue to bolster flood protection measures on their property. Locations for sand and sandbags available to the public can be found at: www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc

Recovery planning is now underway for the eventual removal of sandbags. The public can help inventory sandbags on private property by using the new online app from Emergency Management BC. The app will allow you to identify the location, number and types of sandbags for removal.  The website is  https://embc-maps.lightship.works or Google “EMBC Sandbag app”. Alternatively, residents can register by calling the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225. Data gathered will be used for planning and assessment of the demobilization of flood protection measures in the coming weeks.


All private properties along the foreshore are asked to continue to keep sandbags and other flood protection measures in place. Residents should not remove any sandbags at this time as windstorms and boat wakes can still potentially damage property.

Over 500,000 sand bags have been distributed throughout the Okanagan-Similkameen. The Ministry of Forest Lands Natural Resources, under the Water Sustainability Act, requires that no sand be dumped or emptied intentionally along any creek, river, waterbody or foreshore. Instead, the Province of BC will pay Local Governments to remove full sandbags. The disposal process will be coordinated by Local Governments and there will be no cost to residents. Again, please use the online app to identify your sandbags to the local authority for eventual removal.

Natural Debris:

Natural debris includes trees, branches and other organic materials. These materials that have washed into the foreshore of local lakes can be brought to local landfills as yard waste. There is no charge for the first 500 kg (1100 pounds) of natural debris brought to any landfill.

Introduced Non-Natural Debris:

The RDOS is working with other regional districts and the provincial government to coordinate the removal of non-natural material such as docks, lumber and large plastic drums from local lakes. This material cannot be treated as yard waste and requires special handling. Residents that wish to conduct their own clean up should ensure pieces of debris do not exceed eight feet in length. This material will be treated as garbage at the landfill.

For more information please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-490-4225 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737.