EOC Update: Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680), Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 12:05 am

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BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) information:

BC Wildfire – Gillanders Creek (K51680)   BC Wildfire – Crater Creek (K52125)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for 13 properties in Electoral Areas “B” and “G”, effective Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 10:15 pm due to the Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680) and Crater Creek wildfire (K52125).

The Evacuation ORDER covers the area along the Ashnola River and Ewart Creek Road, including Cathedral Provincial Park, Cathedral Lakes Lodge and the Snowy Protected Area.

An Evacuation Alert has been issued for 74 properties in the area along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area “G” from the Village of Keremeos west following highway 3 for 13 kilometres.

For the latest updates on Evacuation Alerts and Orders, please visit the RDOS EOC interactive map at emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

The RDOS is in communication and is coordinating efforts with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB).

Reception Centre at Victory Hall, Keremeos

An Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre has been activated at the Village of Keremeos Victory Hall at 427-7TH AVE, Keremeos located along Highway 3. All residents on Evacuation ORDER are asked to register at the ESS Reception Centre. Residents on Evacuation Alert or Order can call ESS at 250-486-1890 for further information.

People concerned about evacuees are asked to call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre at 250-490-4225.

If you are on an Evacuation ALERT or ORDER, or if you have been displaced from your home due to an emergency, please self-register for ESS. Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA): ess.gov.bc.ca

What to do when an Evacuation ORDER is issued?

Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team
If you are in an area under an Evacuation Alert, please make arrangements to relocate animals or livestock. Contact ALERT (Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team) for assistance: 250-809-7152.

Voyent Alert! Notifications
Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone. You can also find a link to Voyent Alert! on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca. For further information, please call the EOC at 250-490-4225. 

In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Issued by EOC Director