2017 Emergency Operations Centre

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)- Contact Info


July 20th - Fire in West Bench Area

A fire in the West Bench area, west of Penticton, BC, has required evacuations of homes. First responders are on scene to advise residents.

Anyone evacuated due to this event are asked to Register at the Penticton Reception Centre at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power Street. The Reception Centre can be reached at 1-250-328-2702 (they will not have information on the fire).

Wildfire North of Princeton, BC

July 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Interactive EOC Map -  Evacuation Alerts/ Evacuation Orders

July 20th - Resources for Evacuees Opening Up in Princeton, BC

July 20th - Fortis has confirmed re-established power to 199 homes at Missezula Lake

July 19th - RDOS Princeton Fire Update

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 mandatory Evacuation Order area for a fire north of Princeton remains in effect for 303 total homes. The mandatory Evacuation order includes Highway 5A between Cedar Creek Road to Tulahead Campground and all of Summer Creek Road to Missezula Lake.

An advisory Evacuation Alert has been placed on an additional 304 properties. Please consult the Interactive EOC Map above (you can put in your address) to see Evacuation Order and Advisory Evacuation Alert locations. 

All affected people and all property owners  within the Evacuation Order area are asked to register at the Riverside Community Centre in Princeton at 148 Old Hedley Road or call 250-295-0202.

  • A Resiliency Centre 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 church beside the Reception Centre (Riverside Centre);
  • Clothing is available at the Crisis Centre, located at 111 Vermilion Avenue, 250-293-1120 and at the hospital auxiliary.

DriveBC shows that Highway 5A between Aspen Grove and Princeton has been closed to traffic. Consult www.drivebc.com for updates.

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.