EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) August 6, 2022, 2:45 pm

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to assess the status of all Evacuation Alerts and Orders within the Regional District.

The RDOS EOC is reminding residents and property owners that it is not too late to FireSmart your property. Taking steps now to reduce the fuel on your property is an effective way of protecting your home from a wildfire. Heavy water use can also negatively impact smaller water systems and could hinder firefighting efforts. Please don’t leave sprinklers running at your property.

 For further information, please visit firesmart.rdos.bc.ca or contact RDOS FireSmart Coordinator Kerry Riess at 250-490-4225. FireSmart Canada has prepared a last minute evacuation checklist, to review, click here.

Ongoing Evacuation Alerts and Orders have been issued due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire. Current information below.

Electoral Areas G and I, and Village of Keremeos at this time:

Evacuation Order: 547 properties

Evacuation Alert: 1,050 properties

Please check the interactive map to confirm whether your property is on Evacuation Order or Alert: Interactive Map | Emergency Operations Centre (rdos.bc.ca) (Click on the magnifying glass top right and enter your property address. Please call the EOC if you have questions: 250-490-4225

If you are in an area on Evacuation Alert, you must be prepared to leave on short notice. Please maintain situational awareness by monitoring BC Wildfire Service and RDOS websites and social media channels. 

Click here to learn what to do when an Evacuation Alerts or Orders are issued. 

An important note regarding Temporary Access Permits: Temporary Access Permits are issued for urgent matters only and only for day of or following day. Prior to issuing, must take into consideration the health and safety of the resident and responders. Wildfire situations are unpredictable and situations can change rapidly. Phone: 250-490-4225.

Emergency Support Services (ESS): 250-486-1890

Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA): ess.gov.bc.ca

ESS registrations as of August 6, 2022, 2:00 pm: 606

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

Host Community Reception Centre: 250-328-8749

The reception centre is set up at Princess Margaret Secondary, 120 Green Ave., Penticton.

  • Hours for August 6, 2022:  CLOSED
  • If you need transportation assistance, please call 250-490-4225
  • If you have insurance, please check with your provider

ALERT (Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team: 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, please call 9-1-1.

Issued by EOC Director