EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders August 8, 2021 3:30 pm

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) remains activated in support of BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) operations in the region. Current information for residents, property owners and visitors is posted on the EOC website and RDOS social media channels.

RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225

There are currently three wildfires of note impacting the RDOS:

• Garrison Lake (Eastgate/Manning Park)
• Nk’Mip Creek (east of Oliver)
• Thomas Creek (east of Okanagan Falls)

The Cool Creek and Fat Dog Creek wildfires are also being monitored by the EOC.

The EOC is in regular communication with BCWS to assess the status of all Evacuation Alerts and Orders within the RDOS. Please visit the interactive map to review Evacuation Alert and Order areas: emergency.rdos.bc.ca Use the search function to enter an address, or zoom in and select a property. Please note, for some addresses you may need to add ‘Okanagan Similkameen.’

Kennedy Lake (Garrison Lake wildfire)

 An area restriction order is now in effect for Garrison Lake.

Nk’Mip Creek

An evacuation order has been rescinded for properties in Electoral Area “A” and Electoral Area “C”.  

 An updated area restriction order is now in effect.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

For evacuees whose support services will be expiring, please call ESS 250-486-1890

Please register online: ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-486-1890 for information.

Red Cross

Evacuees who are under Evacuation Order for 10 days or longer may qualify for a one-time payment of $1,200. The B.C. government is teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to provide B.C. households impacted by wildfire with a one-time payment of $1,200. To be eligible for the payment, evacuees must be evacuated from their primary residence for 10 days or longer due to wildfire. These payments will not impact eligibility for supports provided through the Emergency Support Services (ESS) program.

To register, call the Canadian Red Cross: 1-800-863-6582 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST)

Relocating Livestock

Livestock owners are ultimately responsible for animals under their control. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has a livestock policy to support commercial livestock that are part of a commercial farm/ranch business: emergency.rdos.bc.ca

Important reminders:

  • Stay out of areas under Evacuation Order for your safety and the safety of crews
  • Stay out of operational areas
  • Please respect Area Restriction Notices and avoid travelling in the backcountry on an ATV or other vehicle. This will help reduce the risk of causing a spark that could cause a wildfire.
  • Please stay clear of BCWS camps to ensure privacy and avoid traffic issues or congestion
  • Road conditions: drivebc.ca 
  • BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the lead agency for information about wildfires

Current wildfire activity: bcwildfire.ca

Issued by EOC Director