EOC Update: Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area DNews Article
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and the potential threat to life and property.
Currently, the Thomas Creek wildfire is considered out of control, and estimated at 5,000 hectares. The wildfire does not currently pose an imminent risk to structures. Contact the RDOS EOC at 250-490-4225 for more information.
BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) crews continue to work in the vicinity. Please avoid the area from Heritage Hills to Skaha Estates, including Eastside Road, McLean Creek Road, Ponderosa Point and Skaha Lake, due to ongoing fire operations. This includes all hiking trails and travelling traffic. An Area Restriction Notice issued by BCWS remains in effect until further notice.
Boaters and pleasure craft operators are reminded to avoid Skaha Lake to allow air crews to conduct operations involving water tenders safely. The Okanagan Falls boat launch is closed until further notice in order to support BCWS fire suppression efforts.
- If you are under an Evacuation ORDER and ALERT, please register online with the Emergency Support Services Evacuee Registration & Assistance tool (ERA): ess.gov.bc.ca.
- Please contact your insurance company to confirm your coverage.
- Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends.
- If you require services or other Emergency Support Services (ESS) information, please call 250-486-1890.
- If you have pets or livestock that need to be cared for and billeted, please call Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) for support: 250-809-7152.
- Please avoid the area from Heritage Hills to Skaha Estates including Eastside Road and Skaha Lake, due to ongoing operations.
- Boaters and pleasure craft operators are reminded to avoid Skaha Lake to allow air crews conduct operations safely.
Thank you to BC Wildfire Service, local fire departments, RCMP, PENSAR, BC Ambulance, Interior Health, Penticton Indian Band, the City of Penticton and its Emergency Support Services volunteers as well as local and regional media. The RDOS understands this is a challenging time for residents, business owners and visitors. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
Karla Kozakevich, Chair Ron Obirek, Area D Director
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen