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Current Evacuation Alerts & Orders

EVACUATION ALERT – July 18, 2024, 3:00 pm Calcite Creek wildfire (K61067)

EOC Update: Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Sunday, July 21, 2024, 6:00 pm

EOC Update: Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Sunday, July 21, 2024, 10:00 am

EOC Update: Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Saturday, July 20, 2024, 5:30 pm

EOC Update: Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Saturday, July 20, 2024, 12:30 pm

EOC Update: Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Friday, July 19, 2024, 5:30 pm

EOC Update Calcite Creek Wildfire #K61067 - Friday, July 19, 2024, 11:00 am

Off-Road Ban for all LSIB Territories

Total fire ban – Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) territories

RDOS Protective Services monitoring local fires

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Please monitor RDOS web and social media channels, as well as BC Wildfire Service and local media.

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Stay safe during extreme heat

With warm temperatures forecast in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys over the next several days, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe. Extreme heat can be dangerous and it’s important to understand the dangers and be prepared. 

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PreparedBC extreme heat preparedness guide

Regional emergency preparedness town hall

RDOS Communications, in conjunction with Protective Services, hosted an online emergency preparedness town hall on Monday, April 29. Watch the recording on the RDOS YouTube channel.

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Archive Updates

Travel advisory: Coalmont Road Electoral Area "H" (Rural Princeton) January 29, 2024, 11:45 am

EOC Update: RDOS monitoring storm system Monday, December 4, 2023, 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is actively monitoring weather updates for the predicted storm system expected to make landfall Monday, December 4, 2023. If you are travelling, please check DriveBC.ca for regular updates.

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EOC Update: Hazard Assessment in Electoral Area "D" (Okanagan Falls) Friday, November 17, 2023, 11:00 am

 Regional District staff are assessing a slope stability issue on Cabernet Drive in Okanagan Falls. The incident is believed to be due to a water breakage. Please avoid the area until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

Okanagan Falls Slope Stability

EOC Update: Keremeos west rockslide Thursday, November 9, 2023, 3:00 pm

EOC Update: Keremeos west rockslide Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 5:00 pm

Evacuation Order RESCINDED
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has RESCINDED the Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area “G”. The RESCIND is effective Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 5:00 pm. A geotechnical assessment of the situation was completed this afternoon and determined that the risk of rock fall has returned to previous levels. 

Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB)
Please contact LSIB directly to confirm Evacuation Alerts and Orders. 

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Highway 3 has reopened. Watch for traffic control and lane closures between Hedley-Nickleplate Rd and Ashnola Rd for 5.5 km (3 to 9 km west of Keremeos). Reduced to one lane each direction. Reduced speed zone. 

For the latest updates on local highways, please visit DriveBC.ca

FortisBC
Power has been restored to the area. For further information about safety precautions, visit the FortisBC website: www.fortisbc.com. For the latest updates on FortisBC outages, visit: https://outages.fortisbc.com/Outages.

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State of Local Emergency CANCELLATION ORDER Electoral Area "G"

Evacuation Order RESCIND – Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 5:00 pm Keremeos west rockslide

EOC Update: Keremeos west rockslide Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 10:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation Order in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) due to a rockslide. 

A geotechnical assessment of the situation will be conducted to determine next steps. There is currently no timeline on when the Evacuation Order will be rescinded or downgraded to an Evacuation Alert.

Power outage Electoral Area "G" (rural Keremeos)
The RDOS is aware of a power outage impacting FortisBC customers. For the latest updates on FortisBC outages, visit: https://outages.fortisbc.com/Outages.

TELUS service outage – Keremeos, Electoral Area “G”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in Keremeos, Electoral Area “G” due to the rockslide, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. Impacted services include 911 Landline, Internet, Home Phone, and Optik/PIK TV. TELUS mobility services are not affected. For further information, please visit https://www.telus.com/en/bc/outages

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Power Outage Electoral Area "G" (rural Keremeos)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is aware of a power outage impacting 114 FortisBC customers. Residents are reminded to use safe practices to stay warm during the outage. Never use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors.

Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is working and has a battery-power backup if hard-wired to your home’s electrical supply. When using generators, please ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and is operated outdoors away from doors or windows.

For further information about safety precautions, visit the FortisBC website: www.fortisbc.com. For the latest updates on FortisBC outages, visit: https://outages.fortisbc.com/Outages.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued due to landslide in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) Monday, November 6, 2023, 11:00 am

The Regional District Emergency Operations Centre has issued an Evacuation Order in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) due to a rockslide.

The Evacuation Order was issued on Monday, November 6, 2023, at 12:30 am for two properties located at 3455 and 3491 Highway 3, west of the Village of Keremeos. 

Click here to view the information release

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

Declaration of State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "G" (rural Keremeos)

Evacuation ORDER Monday, November 6, 12:30 am rockslide Electoral Area "G" Keremeos west

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) issued an Evacuation Order in Electoral Area “G” (rural Keremeos) due to a rockslide.

 The Order is issued for the River Valley RV Park at 3455 and 3491 Highway 3 west of Keremeos.

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER

EOC Update: rockslide west of Keremeos Sunday, November 5, 2023, 11:50 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is activated due to a rockslide west of Keremeos in Electoral Area "G".

Residents of River Valley RV Park at 3491 and 3455 Highway 3 have been advised by RCMP. More information to follow. Follow DriveBC for travel information.

EOC Update: slide west of Keremeos Sunday, November 5, 2023, 9:15 pm

The RDOS is aware of a slide west of Keremeos on #BCHwy3 near River Valley RV Park. RCMP currently on site assessing the situation. Please follow DriveBC for updates: https://www.drivebc.ca/

From DriveBC: 

CLOSED - #BCHwy3 [Crowsnest Highway] is closed in both directions between Hedley-Nickleplate Rd and Ashnola Rd for 5.5 km (3 to 9 km west of #Keremeos) due to a rock slide. Detour via #BCHwy3 to #BCHwy97 to #BCHwy5 to #BCHwy5A. Next update: 1:00 PM PST Monday November 6th, 2023.

Incident link

Evacuation Alert RESCIND – September 25, 2023, 2:00 pm Upper Park Rill wildfire (K52813)

The Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen in Electoral Areas “C” and “G” on September 17, 2023, 9:30 pm is RESCINDED.

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EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813), Glen Lake (K53294) wildfires Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 2:00 pm

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813), Glen Lake (K53294) wildfires Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 1:00 pm

EVACUATION ALERT – September 18, 2023, 6:00 pm Glen Lake wildfire (K53294)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) and the District of Summerland EOC have issued Evacuation ALERTS due to the Glen Lake wildfire (K53294).

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EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813), Glen Lake (K53294) wildfires Monday, September 18, 2023, 6:00 pm

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813), Glen Lake (K53294) wildfires Monday, September 18, 2023, 1:00 pm

EVACUATION ALERT – September 18, 2023, 12:00 pm Glen Lake wildfire (K53294)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for 7 properties in Electoral Areas “H” and “F”, effective Monday, September 18, 2023, at 12:00 pm due to the Glen Lake wildfire (K53294).

The ALERT area includes Electoral Areas "H" and "F" along the Regional District of Central Okanagan and Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen border from Headwaters Road to Darke Lake Provincial Park, south across Fish Lake Road to the Electrical Power right of way, and northwest to Trout Creek Mainline Road.

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

EVACUATION ALERT – September 17, 2023, 9:30 pm Upper Park Rill wildfire (K52813)

An EVACUATION ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 9:30 pm due to the threat of wildfire.

Please see the list of properties in Schedule 1 in the following locations:

The Alert will include the west side of Willowbrook Road from 2592 Willowbrook Road, north to the south side of Orofino Road. It will also include Lillian Road, Ripley Lake Recreation Site and the Madden Lake Recreation Site.

Visit the RDOS EOC website for resource links and information updates: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

Mark Woods, EOC Director
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

ELECTORAL AREA “C”

2591 Willowbrook Road

2609 Willowbrook Road

2681 Willowbrook Road

2737 Willowbrook Road

2807 Willowbrook Road

2839 Willowbrook Road

2867 Willowbrook Road

2895 Willowbrook Road

130 Lillian Road

170 Lillian Road

143 Orofino Road

455 Orofino Road

Schedule 2 - Evacuation ALERT Map

Electoral Area “C”

Evac Map2

 

EOC Update: RDOS monitoring Glen Lake and Upper Park Rill Creek wildfires Sunday, September 17, 2023, 8:45 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor the Glen Lake wildfire (K53294) in the Regional District of Central Okanagan and Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813) in Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Please follow official sources for the latest updates: BCWildfire.com 


 

EOC Update: Oliver Mountain wildfire (K53227) - September 11, 2023, 2:00 pm

The RDOS is aware of the Oliver Mountain wildfire (K53227) located in Electoral Area “C”, near the Town of Oliver, and is continuing to monitor the situation. 

For the latest updates on wildfires, please visit BCWildfire.ca

Link to Information Release

Evacuation Alert RESCINDS for USIB and LSIB - September 8, 2023, 5:00 pm Crater Creek wildfire (K52125)

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Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB)

UPPER SIMILKAMEEN INDIAN BAND Band Council Resolution - Evacuation Rescind SEPTEMBER 08, 2023 1700 PST
Please contact USIB directly to confirm Evacuation Alerts and Orders. 

Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB)

LSIB - RESCIND I.R. #10 BCR 018 EVACUATION ALERT - PAUL CREEK ROAD 
Please contact LSIB directly to confirm Evacuation Alerts and Orders. 

Evacuation Order RESCIND - September 8, 2023, 5:00 pm Crater Creek wildfire (K52125)

Evacuation Alert RESCIND – September 8, 2023, 5:00 pm Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813)

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires, Highway 97 rockslide Friday, September 8, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Recreational users and visitors are encouraged to avoid this Ashnola Road and Ewart Creek Road area due to danger trees, debris, ash pits, off-gassing, and other potential dangers.


 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires, Highway 97 rockslide Friday, September 1, 2023, 10:30 am

EOC Update: Highway 97 rockslide Thursday, August 31, 2023, 9:30 am

Highways
At the time of this information release, Highway 97 between Callan Road and Okanagan Lake Provincial Park north of Summerland remains closed in both directions due to the rockslide. For the latest updates on local highways, including recommended alternate routes, visit DriveBC.ca 

For information on the rockslide from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), visit news.gov.bc.ca

Click here to view the Information Release

Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Area "F" Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 1:45 pm due to Highway 97 Rockslide

An Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) due to the threat of rockslide for four properties in Electoral Area "F", along North Beach Rd, immediately north of the slide area.

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EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Tuesday, August 29, 2023, 1:30 pm

Structure damage on Ashnola Road and Ewart Creek Road in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has conducted aerial assessments of properties along Ashnola Road and Ewart Creek Road. 

The Regional District is in the process of notifying property owners to confirm damaged or destroyed structures. If you own or manage property along Ashnola Road or Ewart Creek Road, please contact the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre for further information about the condition of your property and available support: 250-490-4225. 

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EOC Update: Rockslide near North Beach Road on Highway 97 Monday, August 28, 2023, 2:45pm

DriveBC reporting a rockslide between Bridgeman Rd. and North Beach Rd. Highway 97 closed in both directions. Detour available. Expect major delays. Please check https://www.drivebc.ca/ for updates. 


 

Joint EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125) wildfire – LSIB, RDOS; EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire - RDOS Friday, August 25, 2023, 4:30 pm

Joint EOC Update from Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Emergency Operations Centres.

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The next RDOS EOC update is planned for Monday, August 28, 2023, or sooner as the situation develops.

Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties in Electoral Area "G" Friday, August 25, 2023, 1:00 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfire

The Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen in Electoral Area “G”, on August 17, 2023, at 6:45 pm is RESCINDED for the following properties:

  • From 10th Avenue and Highway 3 along the west/south side of Highway 3; to the Lower Similkameen Indian Band boundary.
  • From 3175 River Road going west along River Road and north to the Similkameen River; travelling to 205 Ashnola Road.
  • Along the east/north side of Highway 3 from the Lower Similkameen Indian Band boundary up to 4354 Highway 3.
  • Properties past 4354 Highway 3 on both sides of Highway 3 up to but not including 4625 Highway 3.

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert RESCIND.

Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties in Electoral Areas "C", "G" and "I" Friday, August 25, 2023, 11:00 am due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

Evacuation Alerts have been RESCINDED in Electoral Areas “A”, “C”, and “G”, issued on August 18, 2023, at 12:00 pm, and August 22, 2023, at 4:00 pm, due to the Upper Park Rill Creek (K521813) wildfire for the list of properties in Schedule 1, in the following locations:

  • Electoral Area “C” west of 99th and 97th Streets, Upper Fairview Road, area west of Willowbrook and including the Willowbrook area
  • Electoral Area “G” one large property west of Grand Oro Road Area
  • Electoral Area “I” on Green Lake Road and including White Lake Road

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert RESCIND.

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire Friday, August 25, 2023, 12:00 pm

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire Thursday, August 24, 2023, 8:00 pm

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All Evacuation ORDERS have been lifted for the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire. The Evacuation ORDER has been rescinded at 7:30 pm for all 96 properties along Grand Oro Rd and the Yellow Brick Rd areas. Properties in the area will remain in Evacuation ALERT. Willowbrook Rd in the Yellow Brick Rd area will be opened to traffic.

Evacuation ORDER Rescind for Electoral Areas “C”, “G” and “I” impacted by Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire

Evacuation ALERT for properties Rescinded

Evacuation ORDER Rescinded for all properties impacted by Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire Thursday, August 24, 7:30 pm

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER RESCIND for all properties in Electoral Areas "C", "G" and "I" impacted by the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire.  

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Thursday, August 24, 2023, 12:00 pm

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Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Due to the Crater Creek wildfire, 13 properties along Ashnola Rd and Ewart Creek Rd remain on Evacuation ORDER.

Due to the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire, 96 properties along Grand Oro Rd and in the Yellow Brick Rd area remain on Evacuation ORDER. Willowbrook Rd in the Yellow Brick Rd area remains closed to traffic.

Emergency Reception Centre Hours: Princess Margaret Secondary

The Emergency Reception Centre at Princess Margaret Secondary located at 120 Green Avenue W. in Penticton is open on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Emergency Reception Centre has been activated to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) to all British Columbians whose primary residence is on Evacuation ORDER.

You can find a complete list of addresses currently on Evacuation Alert and Order at emergency.rdos.bc.ca or enter your address in the Interactive Map.

The latest updates will be published on Regional District web and social media channels as soon as information is confirmed.


 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 11:00 am

Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Area "C" Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 4:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

Including the Willowbrook area.
These properties have been downgraded from an Evacuation Order and remain on Evacuation ALERT.

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

Evacuation ORDER for properties in Electoral Area "C" Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 4:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

The EVACUATION ORDER is still in effect for properties in Electoral Area “C”.
Including Yellowbrick Road, Orofino Creek Road, Ripley Lake and Madden Lake

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER.

 

Evacuation ORDER for properties in Electoral Area "G" Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 4:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

The EVACUATION ORDER is still in effect for properties in Electoral Area “G”.
Including Grand Oro Road

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER.

Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Area "I" Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 4:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

Including White Lake Road.

These properties have been downgraded from an Evacuation Order and remain on Evacuation ALERT.

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

Evacuation ORDER for properties in Electoral Area "I" Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 4:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

The EVACUATION ORDER is still in effect for properties in Electoral Area “I”.
Including Grand Oro and Grand Oro Branch Road

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER.


 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:00 am

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Monday, August 21, 2023, 4:30 pm

RDOS EOC VIDEO Update | Crater Creek (K52125) and Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires | Aug. 21, 2023, 2:15 pm

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Taylor Colman, BC Wildfire Service Information Officer provides an update on the Crater Creek and Upper Park Rill Creek wildfires.  Recorded on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 2:15 pm.


 

Interior Health air quality guidance

Joint Statement on Caution in Nature Areas

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“Conditions are extremely dry, and valuable resources shouldn't be utilized to deal with a wildfire that could have been prevented. That's why we are asking anyone heading into our area's abundant natural areas (trails, parks and forests) to practice great caution, in particular users of recreational motorized vehicles in off-road areas."


 

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place: August 21, 2023, 11:30 am

Please check official sources for the latest updates, including Evacuation Alerts and Orders. Evacuation ORDERS remain in place for properties impacted by the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813), including Willowbrook. 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Monday, August 21, 2023, 10:30 am

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The latest updates will be published on Regional District web and social media channels as soon as it is confirmed. For the latest updates on wildfires, please visit BCWildfire.ca.

Please conserve water: Willowbrook Water System users are reminded to restrict water use. This will ensure water is available for crews working in the area impacted by the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813).

If your property is under Evacuation ORDER, please leave the area immediately for your own safety and the safety of crews.

Please turn off all domestic and agricultural irrigation to conserve water. Watering from residential hoses is not an effective way to reduce fire risk on your property

EOC Update: How To Donate and Volunteer in South Okanagan Sunday, August 20, 2023, 2:00 pm

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Sunday, August 20, 2023, 1:00 pm

Planned ignition for the Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire happening now. Flames visible. Being done to protect homes during favourable wind conditions.

BC Wildfire Service (gov.bc.ca) - Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813) information page

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Saturday, August 20, 2023, 10:00 am

Emergency Reception Centre: Princess Margaret Secondary

The Emergency Reception Centre at Princess Margaret Secondary at 120 Green Avenue W. in Penticton is scheduled to open at 9:00 am on Sunday, August 20, 2023. The Emergency Reception Centre has been activated to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) for all British Columbians in Evacuation Order areas.

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Saturday, August 19, 2023, 5:00 pm

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Saturday, August 19, 2023, 11:00 am

Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Area "G" Saturday, August 19, 2023, 10:00 am due to Crater Creek wildfire (K52125)

• Electoral Area “G” along the Similkameen River on the west side of Highway 3 from 3675 Highway 3 to 4355 Highway 3.

• This area includes: Suncatchers RV Park; Riverside RV Resort; and Lucky R MH Park.

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

Evacuation Order RESCINDED for Electoral Area "G" Saturday, August 19, 2023, 10:00 am Crater Creek wildfire (K52125)

The Order RESCIND is in effect for the following:

• Electoral Area “G” along the Similkameen River on the west side of Highway 3 from 3675 Highway 3 to 4355 Highway 3.

• This area includes: Suncatchers RV Park; Riverside RV Resort; and Lucky R MH Park.

These properties are now on Evacuation Alert.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order RESCIND


 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Friday, August 18, 2023, 6:00 pm

Click here to view the information release

The Emergency Reception Centre is moving to Princess Margaret Secondary at 120 Green Avenue W. in Penticton to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) to those in need. The Reception Centre is scheduled to open at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 19, 2023.

If you are on Evacuation ORDER, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends.

Residents under Evacuation Order can call 250-486-1890 for ESS Services. If your property is under 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     

BC Wildfire – Crater Creek (K52125)

  • Evacuation Alerts: 189 properties
  • Evacuation Orders: 19 properties

BC Wildfire – Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813)

  • Evacuation Alerts:

Electoral Area “I”: 22

Electoral Area “G”: 1

Electoral Area “C”: 223

Total: 246

  • Evacuation Orders:

Electoral Area “I”: 64

Electoral Area “G”: 19

Electoral Area C”: 174

Total: 257

To see if your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order, please enter your address in the Interactive Map or review the links below.


 

Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Areas "C", "G" , and "I" Friday, August 18, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

Evacuation ORDER for properties in Electoral Areas "C" and "G" Friday, August 18, 2023, 10:45 am due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

Evacuation ORDER for properties in Electoral Areas "C", "G" , and "I" Friday, August 18, 2023, 9:00 am due to Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfire

August 17, 2023: Current Evacuation ALERTS and ORDERS

Interactive Map

Click here to acces the RDOS Interactive Map showing all Evacuation Order and Alert areas. Use the magnifying glass icon on the top right of the screen to enter a civic address

Evacuation ALERT Civic Address List

Click here to view consolidated list of RDOS properties on Evacuation ALERT Thursday August 17, 2023, 5:30 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfire

RDOS EOC Evacuation ALERT Tips

Evacuation ORDER Civic Address List

Click here to view consolidated list of RDOS properties on Evacuation ORDER Thursday August 17, 2023, 5:30 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfire

RDOS EOC Evacuation ORDER Tips

 


 

EOC Update: Crater Creek (K52125), Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813) wildfires Friday, August 18, 2023, 1:15 pm

Total Alerts and Orders:

BC Wildfire – Crater Creek (K52125)

  • Evacuation Alert: 189 properties
  • Evacuation Order: 19 properties

BC Wildfire – Upper Park Rill Creek (K52813)

  • Evacuation Alert: 246 properties
  • Evacuation Order: 257 properties

Click here to view the information release

Declaration of State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "C"

Declaration of State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "I"

EOC Update: Upper Park Rill Creek wildfire (K52813) Friday, August 18, 2023, 9:00 am

RDOS EOC reacting to wildfire in Twin Lakes area west of Kaleden. RCMP engaged in evacuations. Residents asked to stay out of area.

BC Wildfire Service incident: BC Wildfire Service (gov.bc.ca)

EOC Update: Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) Thursday, August 17, 2023, 7:15 pm

Total Alerts and Orders:

  • Evacuation Alert: 189 properties
  • Evacuation Order: 19 properties

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation ALERT for Additional properties in Electoral Area "G" Thursday, August 17, 2023, 18:45 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires

Evacuation ORDER Electoral Area "G" Thursday, August 17, 2023, 4:15 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfire

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER

An Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre has been activated at 199 Ellis St, Penticton for residents under Evacuation Order. If you require ESS services but cannot physically attend, please call 250-486-1890.

199 Ellis St Penticton

 199 Ellis St, Penticton

Evacuation ALERT for Additional 74 properties in Electoral Area "G" Thursday, August 17, 2023, 12:30 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires

Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) Latest News

Evacuation ALERT for Upper Similkameen Indian Band, August 17, 2023, 1:00 pm due to Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires

EOC Update: Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) Thursday, August 17, 2023, 11:30 am

With increased winds expected on Thursday, August 17, 2023, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is recommending residents and property owners take the following steps:

Due to the threat of wildfire across British Columbia, now is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice.

What to do when an Evacuation Alert is issued

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EOC Update: Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 4:30 pm

EOC Update: Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680), Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 10:00 am

Declaration of State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "B" and Electoral Area "G"

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

Evacuation ALERT for 74 properties in Electoral Area "G" Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 11:30 pm due to Gillanders Creek (K51680) and Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires

Evacuation ORDER Electoral Areas "B" and "G" Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 10:15 pm due to Gillanders Creek (K51680) and Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires

Click here to view the Evacuation ORDER

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. If you require ESS services, please call 250-486-1890.

EOC Update: Gillanders Creek (K51680) and Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 10:30 pm

Due to the Gillanders Creek (K51680) and Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires, anyone at Cathedral Provincial Park or Snowy Protected Area is being advised to shelter-in-place. Anyone along Ashnola Road in the area of Ewart Creek and Cathedral Lakes Lodge base camp, should also shelter-in-place until further notice. Please avoid the area. Please follow official sources for the latest updates. 

EOC Update: Gillanders Creek (K51680) and Crater Creek (K52125) wildfires Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 8:00 pm

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is working with BC Wildfire Service on Crater and Gillanders Creek wildfires. Currently impacting Ashnola Flats and Cathedral Provincial Park. Please stand by for updates as info is confirmed.

Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Areas "B" and "G" Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 5:00 pm due to Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680), Crater Creek wildfire (K52125)

EOC Update: Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680), Crater Creek wildfire (K52125), August 15, 2023, 5:00 pm

Evacuation ALERT
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for 12 properties in Electoral Areas “B” and “G”, effective Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 5:00 pm due to the Crater Creek wildfire (K52125) and Gillanders Creek wildfire (K51680).

The ALERT covers the area along the Ashnola River in the Cathedral Provincial Park including Cathedral Lakes Lodge and the Snowy Protected Area.

For the latest updates on Evacuation Alerts and Orders, please visit emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

Important Reminders

  • Please respect Area Restriction Notices, use caution and avoid travelling in the backcountry on an ATV or other vehicle
  • Visitors should be mindful of BCWS operations, Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Town of Osoyoos Thursday, August 10, 2023, 10:00 am Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Areas "A" and "B" Thursday, August 10, 2023, 10:00 am Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

State of Local Emergency CANCELLATION ORDER Electoral Area "A"

State of Local Emergency CANCELLATION ORDER Electoral Area "B"

Evacuation Alerts, Orders, and Rescinds

Next RDOS update scheduled for 4:00 pm PT on August 8, 2023

If conditions change, you'll find the latest updates on Evacuation ORDERS and ALERTS here: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

For the latest on the #EagleBluffFire please visit http://BCWildfire.com 

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Tuesday, August 8, 2023, 4:00 pm

The Evacuation Orders issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) and the Town of Osoyoos EOC have been RESCINDED to Alerts as of 4:00 pm PT on Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

The Evacuation Alerts issued by the RDOS and the Town of Osoyoos have been RESCINDED to all clear.

Click here to view the information release 

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Tuesday, August 8, 2023, 11:00 am

Please monitor Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) web and social media channels for the latest updates from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

For the latest updates on the Eagle Bluff wildfire, please monitor BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) web and social media channels.

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Monday, August 7, 2023, 4:45 pm

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

Residents who have chosen to ignore the Evacuation ORDER are asked to stay clear of personnel in the field to allow them to conduct operations.

Areas remaining on Evacuation ORDER:

  • Two properties within the Town of Osoyoos, south of the Osoyoos Industrial Park
  • Parts of Electoral Areas “A” and “B” including the Kilpoola and Spotted Lake areas south of Highway 3

TELUS services RESTORED – Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas, Electoral Area “A”
Restoration efforts have been completed on the damaged infrastructure from the Eagle Bluff wildfire and all services have been restored, including 911 Landline, Internet, Home Phone, and Optik/PIK TV.

For further information, please visit https://www.telus.com/en/bc/outages

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EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Monday, August 7, 2023, 11:15 am

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

TELUS service outage – Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas, Electoral Area “A”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in the Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas in Electoral Area “A” due to infrastructure damage from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. 

Highway 3
Motorists are advised to drive with caution along Highway 3, in both directions, between Old Richter Pass Rd and Lambert Crt for 6.9 km due to the Eagle Bluff wildfire. Watch for speed reduction signs as well as watch for Fire Crews. Limited visibility with smoke. Expect delays.

For the latest updates on local highways, visit DriveBC.ca.

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EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Sunday, August 6, 2023, 4:30 pm

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

TELUS service outage – Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas, Electoral Area “A”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in the Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas in Electoral Area “A” due to infrastructure damage from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. 

Highway 3
Motorists are advised to drive with caution along Highway 3, in both directions, between Old Richter Pass Rd and Lambert Crt for 6.9 km due to the Eagle Bluff wildfire. Watch for speed reduction signs as well as watch for Fire Crews. Limited visibility with smoke. Expect delays.

For the latest updates on local highways, visit DriveBC.ca.

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Sunday, August 6, 2023, 10:30 am

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

TELUS service outage – Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas, Electoral Area “A”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in the Kilpoola and Old Richter Pass areas in Electoral Area “A” due to infrastructure damage from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. 

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Saturday, August 5, 2023, 4:30 pm

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

TELUS service outage – Kilpoola Area, Electoral Area “A”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in the Kilpoola area in Electoral Area “A” due to infrastructure damage from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. 

Click here to view the information release

Local State of Emergency for Electoral Area "B" extended to August 12, 2023 at midnight

Local State of Emergency for Electoral Area "A" extended to August 12, 2023 at midnight

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Saturday, August 5, 2023, 10:30 am

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

TELUS service outage – Kilpoola Area, Electoral Area “A”
TELUS services are currently experiencing a disruption impacting landline phones in the Kilpoola area in Electoral Area “A” due to infrastructure damage from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, which may affect your ability to reach emergency (911) services. 

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Friday, August 4, 2023, 4:00 pm

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation ALERT Electoral Area "A" Friday, August 4, 2023, 3:30 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ORDER Electoral Areas "A" and "B" Friday, August 4, 2023, 3:30 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ALERT Electoral Areas "A" and "B" Friday, August 4, 2023, 3:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ALERT RESCIND Town of Osoyoos Friday, August 4, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ORDER Town of Osoyoos Friday, August 4, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ORDER RESCIND Town of Osoyoos Friday, August 4, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Thursday, August 3, 2023, 4:00 pm

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

Click here to view the information release

Important notice from DriveBC: Highway 3 closed (August 3, 2023, 1:25 pm)

Message from DriveBC: UPDATE - #BCHwy3 CLOSED between #Keremeos and #Osoyoos due to the ongoing wildfire activities. 

No detour at this time. For more info: https://drivebc.ca/mobile/pub/events/id/DBC-54993.html 

Please follow DriveBC.ca for updates.

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Thursday, August 3, 2023, 10:00 am

A reminder, if you are under an Evacuation ORDER, you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under an Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crews. This includes residents who may choose to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

Click here to view the information release

Monitor official channels for wildfire updates

If conditions change, you'll find the latest updates on Evacuation ORDERS and ALERTS on the Regional District Emergency Operations Centre website: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/ For the latest on the #EagleBluffFire please visit BCWildfire.com

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 4:30 pm

BC Wildfire Service planned ignitions: Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Residents who have chosen to remain in areas under Evacuation ORDER are asked to stay clear of personnel in the field to allow them to conduct operations. For further information, please visit BCWildfire.com.

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation ORDER Electoral Area "A" Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 3:30 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Osoyoos Wildlife Federation, 14000 Strawberry Creek Road. 

Please click here to view the Evacuation ORDER

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 12:00 pm

BC Wildfire Service planned ignitions: Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Residents who have chosen to remain in areas under Evacuation ORDER are asked to stay clear of personnel in the field to allow them to conduct operations. For further information, please visit BCWildfire.com.

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation Alerts and Orders: interactive map

Please check the interactive map to confirm the status of your property: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/interactive-map/

Interactive Map Aug 2 1030 w Search Tab

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 4:00 pm

If you are under an Evacuation ORDER you must leave the area immediately.
Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid all areas under Evacuation ORDER due to the threat to life safety. Remaining in areas under Evacuation ORDER poses a danger to you and firefighting crew. This includes residents who may choose to attempt to leave the area if conditions worsen. This is especially dangerous during aerial operations and planned ignitions.

If you require support, including food or lodging, please contact Emergency Support Services (ESS) at 250-486-1890.

Click here to view the information release.

Evacuation ALERT Electoral Areas "A", "B" and "C" Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ALERT Town of Osoyoos Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 10:45 am

Evacuation ORDER boundaries
Residents under Evacuation ORDER are reminded to leave the area to allow crews to conduct operations safely. If you choose to stay, please shelter-in-place to avoid interfering with operations.

Call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre if you require further information. If you require supports, please visit the ESS Reception Centre in Oliver.

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation ALERT Town of Osoyoos Monday, July 31, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ORDER Town of Osoyoos Monday, July 31, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ALERT Electoral Area "A" Monday, July 31, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

Evacuation ORDER Electoral Areas "A" and "B" Monday, July 31, 2023, 12:00 pm due to Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318)

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Evacuation ALERTS and ORDERS Monday, July 31, 2023, 3:00 pm

The RDOS EOC and the Town of Osoyoos EOC have removed the Evacuation ORDER for most of Osoyoos and areas within the RDOS south of the Town of Osoyoos. These properties remain on Evacuation ALERT due to the Eagle Bluff wildfire.

Welcome Back packages with information on re-entry are being distributed. Please see link below.

Welcome Back residents impacted by Eagle Bluff wildfire

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RDOS EOC video update | Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) | July 31, 2023

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Monday, July 31, 2023, 10:00 am

Update for Monday, July 31, 2023 10:00 am

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Sunday, July 30, 2023, 4:00 pm

Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) 4:00 pm update

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RDOS EOC video update | Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) | July 30, 2023

Please monitor official sources for the latest updates.

Click here to view the video recording

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff (Osoyoos, BC) wildfire live video update at 1:00 pm PT

When: Sunday, July 30, 2023, 1:00 pm PT

Watch the electronic video update live on the RDOS YouTube channel.

EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Sunday, July 30, 2023, 10:00 am

Video update
The RDOS EOC is hosting a live video update on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm on the RDOS YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/@OkanaganSimilkameen

Evacuation ORDER: 732 properties

Evacuation ALERT: 2,094 properties

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EOC Update: Eagle Bluff wildfire (K52318) Sunday, July 30, 2023, 1:30 am

BC Wildfire Service has renamed the Lone Pine Creek wildfire (K52318) the Eagle Bluff wildfire. Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Evacuation ORDER: 732 properties

Evacuation ALERT: 2,094 properties

The next update is scheduled at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 30, 2023. In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT Electoral Area "A", "B" and "C" and the Town of Osoyoos Saturday, July 29, 2023, 11:30 pm due to Lone Pine Creek wildfire (K52318)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) and the Town of Osoyoos have issued an Evacuation ALERT for 2,094 properties in Electoral Area “A”, “B” and "C" the Town of Osoyoos due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire 

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER Electoral Area "A" and "B" and Town of Osoyoos Saturday, July 29, 2023, 10:00 pm due to Lone Pine Creek wildfire (K52318)

Pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act an Evacuation Order has been issued by Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and Town of Osoyoos to protect the health, safety or welfare of a person or to limit damage to property due to the threat of a wildfire. Members of the RCMP and other agencies under the direction of RCMP will be expediting this action.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:

• The Order covers the area north of the Canada/U.S. border to the intersection of Hwy #97 and Hwy #3, west and north along Hwy #3 Visit the RDOS EOC website for resource links and information updates: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/resources/

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT Electoral Area "A" and "B" and Town of Osoyoos Saturday, July 29, 2023, 7:30 pm due to Lone Pine Creek wildfire (K52318)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) and the Town of Osoyoos have issued an Evacuation ALERT for 732 properties in Electoral Area “A” and “B” and the Town of Osoyoos due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire.

 The Alert covers the area north of the Canada/U.S. border to the intersection of Hwy #97 and Hwy #3, west and north along Hwy #3. Please note this wildfire is listed as the Eagle Bluff Fire by the Washington State Deparment of Natural Resources.

Click here to view the Evacuation ALERT

Lone Pine Creek wildfire southwest of the Canada/U.S. border

The RDOS has activated its regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and is working with the Town of Osoyoos to support BC Wildfire Service due to the Lone Pine Creek wildfire southwest of the Canada/U.S. border.

Please monitor BCWildfire.com and https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/ for the latest updates.

People urged to stay vigilant as wildfire, drought risk remains severe

Despite scattered showers throughout much of the province on Monday, July 24, 2023, the province of B.C. is encouraging people to be prepared and continue to follow all regional fire prohibitions and local water restrictions due to extreme wildfire risks and the ongoing drought.

Click here for more information

Category 2 and category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre

KAMLOOPS – Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) PDT on Thursday, May 18, 2023, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition will remain in effect until 12:00 pm (noon) PDT on Oct. 13, 2023, or until the order is rescinded. Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 open fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the noon deadline on May 18, 2023.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Electoral Area "D" Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:00 am

The Evacuation Alert issued by the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on Friday, May 5, 2023, in Electoral Area “D” adjacent to Shuttleworth Creek is RESCINDED.

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert RESCIND

Ready for earthquakes, ready for anything | Emergency Preparedness Week

Earthquakes can impact all of us, no matter where you live in the province, which is why this year's theme for Emergency Preparedness Week is "if you're ready for earthquakes, you're ready for anything."

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EOC Update: flood preparedness Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 2:30 pm

The Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) on Friday, May 5, 2023, remains in effect for 75 properties in Electoral Area “D” due to the threat of flooding from Shuttleworth Creek in Okanagan Falls. The RDOS will continue monitoring Shuttleworth Creek and will rescind the Evacuation Alert when conditions change.

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EOC Update: call the RDOS if you require sand and sandbags

If you require sand and sandbags, please visit a sandbag centre in your community. Visit the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre website emergency.rdos.bc.ca to view current sandbag locations.

Thank you to all the residents and volunteers for helping fill and place sandbags in your communities.

If you require additional sand and sandbags to protect your property, please call the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 250-490-4225.

Please call when there is about 30% of sand and/or sandbags remaining at your local sandbag centre.

Voyent Alert! notifications and emergency alerts

The RDOS is reminding residents and visitors to update your address and preferences to receive routine notifications and emergency alerts from Voyent Alert! 

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EOC Update: prepare now for flooding Friday, May 5, 2023, 5:30 pm

The Regional District is reminding residents and property owners to take steps now to prepare for flooding. This includes moving items in and around your home to higher ground and preparing your family and pets in case an Evacuation Order is issued on short notice.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area "D" Shuttleworth Creek in Okanagan Falls Friday, May 5, 2023, 3:45 pm

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the threat of flooding from Shuttleworth Creek.

Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an EVACUATION ALERT for the following areas: Properties directly adjacent to Shuttleworth Creek from 4301 McLean Creek Road to Cedar Street

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert

Flood Watch (UPGRADE

The River Forecast Centre is issuing, upgrading or maintaining the following: Flood Watch - Similkameen, including the Ashnola River, Tulameen River and other tributaries (UPGRADE).

Okanagan including Mission Creek and tributaries around Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and surrounding areas.

Click here to view the Flood Watch

EOC Update: RDOS activating sandbag centres

The Regional District has activated sandbag centres across the region. If you require sand and sandbags, please visit a sandbag centre in your community.

Click here to view current sandbag locations

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Flood Watch – South Interior (UPGRADE)

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Watch for: South Interior including remaining areas in the Lower Thompson, Salmon River and Okanagan. 

Click here to view the Flood Watch

Prepare now for spring flood risk (freshet)

The Regional District is reminding residents and property owners to begin preparing for spring freshet. The River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Interior, which includes the Okanagan watershed due to above-normal temperatures forecast through this weekend. High flows, including potential flooding is possible. 

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Current sandbag locations

Emergency Preparedness Week 2023

img 01 enEven the best of plans by your local government can only do so much. It is up to you to follow three steps to Emergency Preparedness at home or at work:

Open burning season closes April 15 within five RDOS Fire Protection Areas

Prepare now for spring flood risk (freshet)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and property owners to begin preparing for spring freshet. Taking proactive measures and assessing property and buildings before freshet can help prevent or minimize potential damage.

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Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin – March 1st , 2023

Have your say on the future of emergency management in the Regional District

The RDOS Board of Directors is seeking your input during a series of facilitated community focus groups to gather feedback on the RDOS Emergency Program.

The community focus groups are intended to be participatory and will include facilitated group discussions. Each focus group is scheduled to begin promptly at the advertised time. The Regional District is looking for direct feedback from RDOS rural residents to help determine the service delivery needs and funding structure for future emergency programming.

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RDOS Emergency Program Review community focus groups

Have your say on the future of emergency management in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RDOS Board of Directors has commissioned a review of the emergency management program to be completed by April 30, 2023.

The Board is seeking your input during a series of facilitated community focus groups to gather feedback on the RDOS Emergency Program. The community focus groups will investigate the public’s perception of how the emergency program is working now, where it needs to go, and what can be done to close the gap. The RDOS is looking for direct feedback from residents to help determine the service delivery needs and funding structure for future emergency programming.

An electronic facilitated community focus group is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 7:00 pm.

The online meeting link will be posted on RDOS Regional Connections.

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency CANCELLED Electoral Area "G" (Rural Keremeos) Friday, January 27, 2023, 10:00 am

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Electoral Area "G" (Rural Keremeos) Friday, January 27, 2023, 10:00 am

The EVACUATION ORDER for Electoral Area “G” issued pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is hereby RESCINDED as of January 27, 2023, at 10:00 am for 3169 10th Avenue (Rural Keremeos).

Click here to view the Evacuation Order RESCIND 

EOC Update: rock fall in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Thursday, January 26, 2023, 3:00 pm

The Evacuation Order issued on Monday, January 16, 2023, for one property located at 3169-10th Avenue (Eagle RV Park and Campground) in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) is scheduled to be rescinded on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 10:00 am.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has received a Geotechnical Assessment conducted on the slope where the rock fall occurred. The report, which was prepared for the RDOS by Ecora Engineering & Resource Group Ltd., provides information to assist property owners and residents in making an informed decision about next steps.

Please click here to view the Geotechnical Assessment (230018-02 RDOS Emergency Response Keremeos Rock Fall 2023-01-26).

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EOC Update: rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Friday, January 20, 2023, 1:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is awaiting the final engineering report on a rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos). A summary indicates there is still risk to life due to cooling and warming temperatures creating an opportunity for freeze-thaw conditions that could contribute to further rock fall. 

The Evacuation Order issued on Monday, January 16, 2023, remains in effect for one property located at 3169-10th Avenue (Eagle RV Park and Campground) in Electoral Area “G”. Please continue to monitor RDOS web and social media channels for the latest updates. If risks increase for surrounding properties, the RDOS will issue additional Evacuation Alerts or Orders. 

The Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre will re-open at Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue in Keremeos on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The reception centre is being activated to assist evacuees who require a renewal of support services. Evacuees can visit the reception centre in Keremeos or call RDOS ESS at 250-486-1890.  

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EOC Update: rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Thursday, January 19, 2023, 10:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with engineers to prepare a report on a rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos). The rockslide occurred on Monday, January 16, 2023, and sent rocks over Highway 3 and into 3169-10th Avenue. No injuries were reported. 

On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, a technical team requested by the RDOS joined experts from the province (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) to assess the slide area. The risk assessment for the impacted property is still underway.

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EOC Update: notice to evacuees due to rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, 4:45 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is working with engineers to determine the status of the Evacuation Order for 3169-10th Avenue (Eagle RV Park and Campground) in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos). No new information is available at this time.

Please continue to monitor RDOS web and social media channels for the latest updates or call RDOS Emergency Support Services at 250-486-1890.

RDOS Emergency Program Review survey

Have your say on the future of emergency management in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The RDOS Board of Directors has commissioned a review of the emergency management program to be completed by April 30, 2023. The Board is seeking your input via the RDOS Emergency Program Review survey.  The online survey is posted on the RDOS Regional Connections interactive website.

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EOC Update: rockslide in Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 10:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has opened an Emergency Support Services (ESS) reception centre at Victory Hall, 427-7th Avenue in Keremeos. The reception centre has been activated to support residents on Evacuation Order due to a rockslide west of Keremeos in Electoral Area “G”.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER Electoral Area “G” (Rural Keremeos) Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, 6:30 pm

Pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the BC Emergency Program Act an Evacuation Order has been issued by Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to protect the health, safety or welfare of a person or to limit damage to property due to: Rock slide

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Declaration of State of Local Emergency Electoral Area "G" (Rural Keremeos)

Pile Burning for Wildfire Risk Reduction Project near Apex Mountain Resort

This pile burning is scheduled to start the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2022, and will continue until completed or there is significant snow in the area. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area, including the Apex Mountain Resort, Hedley, Olalla, Penticton and those travelling along the Highway 3 and 3A corridors. 

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BC Wildfire Service Information Bulletin

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Eastgate (Electoral Area H) September 14, 2022, 11:00 am

The evacuation Alert, pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, issued by the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen in Electoral Area H issued on September 6, 2022, at 18:00 is rescinded for the list of properties in Schedule 1.

Evacuation Alert RESCIND

EOC Update: Heather Lake wildfire

Smoky Skies Bulletin

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) continues to be impacted by smoky skies and is expected to continue. The bulletin can be accessed online here. People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

The community of Eastgate remains on Evacuation Alert.
Click here to view the Evacuation Alert issued by the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre for Electoral Area “H” (Rural Princeton) on September 6, 2022.

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Smoky Skies Bulletin - September 7, 2022

Smoke impacts continue due to local wildfires as well as those in Washington and Idaho. Higher impacts are expected closer to wildfire activity. Strong winds today may cause changes in wildfire behaviour, though may also help clear smoky conditions.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Eastgate due to Heather Lake wildfire (V11746) September 7, 2022, 10:30 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) issued an Evacuation Alert on September 6, 2022, for 180 properties in the community of Eastgate in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) due to the Heather Lake wildfire.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Eastgate in Electoral Area H September 6, 2022, 6:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) for 180 properties in the community of Eastgate in Electoral Area H due to the threat of a wildfire.

Click here to view the Evacaution Alert 

PIB EOC has been activated September 2, 2022

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring and standing by to support if requested.

Click here to view the Penticton Indian Band Facebook page

Keremeos Creek Wildfire Update - September 2, 2022

September 2 wildfire update for Keremeos Creek wildfire from BC Wildfire Service.

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EOC Update: All Evacuation Alerts now rescinded for Keremeos Creek wildfire August 23, 2022, 4:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has RESCINDED all Evacuation Alerts due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire. Twenty (20) properties had remained on Evacuation Alert along Green Mountain Road and the northern end of Marron Valley Road since August 17th, 2022. 

EVACUATION ALERT rescinded for Electoral Area I August 23, 2022, 4:00 pm

The RDOS would like to thank BC Wildfire, the structural fire teams that helped protect homes, Emergency Support Services volunteers and all the other groups that assisted local residents during this wildfire event.

Rural residents are encouraged to actively prepare for emergencies. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre webpage at emergency.rdos.bc.ca has information on how residents can ‘Be Prepared’.

Residents and property owners are also asked to Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone by Voyent Alert! notifications. You can also find a link on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca

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EOC Update: Revised EVACUATION ALERT for Electoral Area I August 17, 2022, 2:00 pm

Evacuation Alerts remain on 20 selected properties along Green Mountain Rd and Marron Valley Rd due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED for Green Mountain Road and Sheep Creek Road north in Electoral Area I August 17, 2022, 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has RESCINDED all Evacuation Orders effective Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 2:00 pm. This will allow residents of 25 properties along Green Mountain Road and Sheep Creek Road to return home. There are currently no properties on Evacuation Order within the RDOS.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire video update August 17, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) and Richter Mountain Fire (K51259) on Friday, August 12, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

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Keremeos Creek Wildfire Update - August 17, 2022

August 17 wildfire update for Keremeos Creek wildfire from BC Wildfire Service.

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Interior Health heat warning guidance

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued heat warnings starting tomorrow for various regions in Interior Health, including the South and Central Okanagan, North and South Thompson and Fraser Canyon. Temperatures up to 40 degrees are forecast in many of these areas. Interior Health is reminding people that elevated temperatures increase the risk of heat-related illness.

Public Service Announcement

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Apex Mountain Village in Electoral Area I August 16, 2022, 12:00 pm

Apex Mountain Village will remain on Evacuation Alert due to a continued threat from the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

Evacuation Order RESCIND

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED for Apex Mountain Village August 16, 2022, at 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has RESCINDED the Evacuation Order for properties at the Apex Mountain Village effective Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 12:00 pm. Apex Mountain Village will remain on Evacuation Alert due to a continued threat from the Keremeos Creek wildfire. If you are not a resident or property owner at Apex Mountain Village, please avoid the area during the re-entry process. Thank you for your consideration.

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EOC Update: RDOS Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in effect August 15, 2022, 10:00 am

Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the Keremeos Creek wildfire remain in effect.

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Keremeos Creek Wildfire Update - August 14, 2022

Latest wildfire update for Keremeos Creek wildfire from BC Wildfire Service.

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EOC Update: TELUS planned outage August 13, 2022, 4:00 pm

TELUS phone, cell phone and internet users in the south Similkameen will have planned service disruptions sometime between 10:00 pm on Saturday August 13, 2022 to 6:00 am Sunday morning. TELUS service disruptions will impact properties and residents in the Village of Keremeos, Cawston in Electoral Areas B, Olalla, Hedley and rural Keremeos in Electoral Area G and the Apex Mountain area in Electoral Area I.

As this planned disruption impacts the ability to access 911 emergency services for TELUS customers, residents that cannot access phone or cell phone services are directed to the Osoyoos RCMP, Keremeos fire station and Hedley fire station for emergency services.

Other companies that provide phone, cell phone or internet services are not intended to be disrupted by the TELUS service disruption.

EOC Update: RDOS Evacuation Orders remain in effect August 13, 2022 10:00 am

Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the Keremeos Creek wildfire remain in place.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT RESCIND for Electoral Areas B due to Richter Mountain wildfire August 12, 2022, 4:30 pm

Evacuation Alert Rescinded for the Sumac Rd area along Highway 3 due to the Richter Mountain wildfire. Wildfire crews will continue to contain the wildfire. Drivers are asked to take care in the area due to smoke and crews in the area. 

Evacuation Alert Rescind

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services Reception Centres closed Saturday, August 13, 2022

Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centres in the City of Penticton and Village of Keremeos will be closed Saturday August 13, 2022. Residents requiring ESS assistance can call 250-486-1890. 

Emergency Support Services are supported by local emergency programs but primarily staffed by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with your local ESS team, please contact the RDOS ESS program at 250-486-1890.

Keremeos Creek Wildfire Update - August 12, 2022

Latest wildfire update for Keremeos Creek wildfire from BC Wildfire Service.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 12, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) and Richter Mountain Fire (K51259) on Friday, August 12, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area B due to Richter Mountain wildfire August 12, 2022, 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for the Sumac Rd area in Electoral Area B.  

Click here to view the Evacuation AlertK51259 RichterMountain Alert 20220813

 

EOC Update: drive carefully as fire crews active August 12, 2022, 10:00 am

Road restrictions and active flagging operations are in place on Highway 3 south of Cawston due to a new wildfire. Highway 3A is now open to all traffic with speed restrictions and the potential for temporary closures as required by fire officials. RCMP members are active along highways 3 and 3A. Smoke may reduce visibility and drivers are asked to slow down, drive carefully, and watch for crews and equipment. 

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 11, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) on Thursday, August 11, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services Reception Centres closed Friday August 12, 2022

Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centres in the City of Penticton and Village of Keremeos will be closed Friday, August 12, 2022. Residents requiring ESS assistance can call 250-486-1890. 

Emergency Support Services are supported by local emergency programs but primarily staffed by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with your local ESS team, please contact the RDOS ESS program at 250-486-1890.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED and placed under Evacuation Alert for Olalla, BC along Hwy 3A August 11, 2022, 10:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has rescinded the Evacuation Orders for the community of Olalla in Electoral Area “G” at 10:00 am Thursday August 11, 2022. The Olalla area will remain on Evacuation Alert.

Highway 3A will remain closed. Local traffic only. RCMP members are patrolling the area. Checkpoints will remain in place to ensure only residents or property owners access the Olalla area.

Firefighters will be active along Highway 3A to monitor spot fires and protect homes.

Smoke may reduce visibility and residents are asked to slow down, drive carefully, and watch for crews and equipment. 

Evacuation Alert for Olalla, BC along Hwy 3a

Evacuation Alerts are rescinded for areas near Olalla in Electoral Area “G” and the Village of Keremeos.

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Evacuation Alert Rescinded for Village of Keremeos

Evacuation Alert Rescinded for rural Keremeos

Re-entry kit for evacuated residents of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire August 2022

Information for residents and owners returning to their properties after the Keremeos Creek Wildfire. 

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services Reception Centre Hours Thursday, August 11, 2022

Hours for the Village of Keremeos and City of Penticton Reception Centres for Thursday, August 11, 2022. 

Information Release

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order and Alert RESCINDED along selected properties along Hwy 3A 10:00 am August 10, 2022

Evacuation Order RESCIND

Evacuation Orders have been rescinded for properties from Twin Lakes to just north of Olalla. This includes selected properties accessing homes along Sheep Creek Rd. Highway 3A will remain closed for through traffic. Check points have been established along Highway 3A to restrict traffic to only local traffic accessing properties on Evacuation Alert. Due to the threat of wildfire, these properties will remain on Evacuation Alert.

The communities of Olalla, Apex and sections of Green Mountain Rd remain on Evacuation Order.

Evacuation Alert RESCIND

The Evacuation Alert for the Twin Lakes area and White Lake Road has been removed.

Interactive Map showing current Evacuation Orders and Alerts

Video Update: When: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 10:30 am PT

The EOC is hosted an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863).

Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

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EOC Update: Temporary Access Permits for emergency only August 9, 2022, 12:30 pm

Temporary Access Permits cannot be provided for non-emergency reasons, for access to residential properties located in an area on Evacuation Order.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 9, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services Reception Centres open Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centres are open in the City of Penticton and the Village of Keremeos August 9, 2022. 

For more information click here

Keremeos Creek Community Bulletin - August 8, 2022

Latest wildfire update from BC Wildfire Service.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 8, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) on Monday, August 8, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

Emergency Support Services Reception Centres open August 8, 2022

Emergency Support Services (ESS) provides supports for residents that have been removed from their homes due to an emergency. This includes all residents under Evacuation Order due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire. Supports include housing, food and medication. Residents need to register to receive services.

Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centres are open in the City of Penticton and the Village of Keremeos August 8, 2022. 

For more information click here

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) August 7, 2022, 1:30 pm

The RDOS, in conjunction with the Village of Keremeos, has temporarily opened an Emergency Support Service (ESS) Reception Centre at the Keremeos Victory Hall at 427-7th Avenue. The Keremeos Reception Centre will be open on Sunday August 7, 2022 until 5:00 pm. The Keremeos ESS Reception Centre will be open at 9 am on Monday August 8, 2022. 

The City of Penticton ESS Reception Centre at Princess Margaret Secondary School at 120 Green Ave, Penticton is closed Sunday but will reopen at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday August 8, 2022.

Information on the Keremeos Creek wildfire for August 7, 2022.

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

Information on the Keremeos Creek wildfire for August 6, 2022.

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Keremeos Creek Community Bulletin - August 6, 2022

Latest wildfire update from BC Wildfire Service.

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RDOS EOC Briefing | August 5, 2022

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) August, 5, 2022, 12:30 pm

Information on the Keremeos Creek Wildfire for August 5, 2022, 12:30 pm

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EOC Update: take steps now to FireSmart your property

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (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.

Also, to protect the capacity of water systems, please do not leave sprinklers on.

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EOC Update: Additional Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Areas G due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 4, 2022, 6:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for additional homes south of Olalla, BC along Highway 3A in Electoral Area "G".

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERTS issued for Electoral Area G and Village of Keremeos due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 4, 2022, 5:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) in conjunction with the Village of Keremeos has issued Evacuation ALERTS due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire for areas of Electoral Area 'G' south of Olalla and areas of the Village of Keremeos.

Click here for Evacuation Alert for the Village of Keremeos

Click here for Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area 'G' south of Olalla

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Areas G due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 4, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for all of Olalla, BC along Highway 3A in Electoral Area "G".

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area I due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 4, 2022, 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire for the Farleigh Lake area and the Marron Lake area on Highway 3A in Electoral Area I.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Areas G due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 4, 2022, 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for the west side of Olalla, Highway 3A in Electoral Area G.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update at 2:00 pm PT

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) on Thursday, August 4, 2022, 2:00 pm. Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

What to do when an Evacuation ALERT is issued

When you receive an Evacuation Alert, this is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bag ready (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries, eyeglasses, government ID and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents and important mementos.

Click here for tips on what to do when an Evacuation Alert is issued.

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire Olalla August, 3, 4:50 pm

The community of Olalla is impacted by the Keremeos Creek wildfire. Different parts of Olalla are impacted in different ways.

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EOC Update: BC Wildfire Service Conducting Aerial Planned Ignitions August 3, 2022 3:45 pm

Aerial planned ignitions will be conducted by BC Wildfire Service on the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) in the Yellow Lake/Sheep Creek area Wed August 3, 2022. Work began at approximately 2:30 pm and was supported by ground crews and further aviation resources as required. Fire and increased smoke will be visible. Potential closures of Highway 3A due to rolling debris. Check www.drivebc.ca for updates.
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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 3, 2022, 2:00 pm PT

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Areas G and I due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 3, 2022, 10:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for Grand Oro Rd in Electoral Areas G and I and two properties on Highway 3A (714 and 760 Hwy 3A).  

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert

Keremeos Creek Community Bulletin August 2, 2022

Latest wildfire update from BC Wildfire Service.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) August, 2, 2022, 4:00 pm

Information on the Keremeos Creek Wildfire for August 2, 2022, 4:00 pm

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update at 2:00 pm PT

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863).

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 2:00 pm PDT

Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel

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EOC Update: Temporary Access Permits August, 12, 2022, 10:30 am

The RDOS EOC has developed a permit process for emergency temporary access to properties on Evacuation Order. Residents will need to request temporary access prior to 5 pm for access the next day. Residents in the Evacuation Order area can request a temporary access permit by e-mailing eocops@rdos.bc.ca or calling 250-490-4231.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) August, 1, 2022, 5:15 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued the following Evacuation Alerts and Orders due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Areas G and I due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 1, 2022, 2:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for Sheep Creek Road south, north of Olalla, Highway 3A in Electoral Areas G and I.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Areas G and I due to Keremeos Creek wildfire August 1, 2022, 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for Sheep Creek Road south, north of Olalla, Highway 3A in Electoral Areas G and I.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update August 1, 2022, 2:00 pm PDT

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863).

When: Monday, August 1, 2022, 2:00 pm PDT

Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Click here to view the information release

Evacuation ALERT for Apex in Electoral Area I Keremeos Creek wildfire August 1, 2022, 8:30 am

Attached map confirms new Evacuation Alert boundary for Electoral Area I due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

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Evacuation ORDER for Apex properties in Electoral Area I Keremeos Creek wildfire August 1, 2022, 8:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for Apex properties in Electoral Area I Keremeos Creek Fire August 1, 2022, 8:00 am

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

Campfire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, August 4, 2022, campfires, will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This campfire prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2022, or until the orders are rescinded.

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EOC Update: Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) July 31, 2022 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued the following Evacuation Alerts and Orders due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire. 

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area I Keremeos Creek Apex Area July 30, 2022, 5:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area I Sheep Creek Road July 30, 2022, 4:10 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for 4 properties in Electoral Area I Sheep Creek Road  area July 30, 2022, 4:10 pm

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Smoky Skies Bulletin - July 30 2022

A smoky skies bulletin has been issued for the South Okanagan Region including Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

Please click here to view the latest bulletin

EOC Update Keremeos Creek wildfire live video update Saturday, July 30, 2022, 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is hosting an electronic video update to provide information about the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863).

When: Saturday, 30 July, 2022, 2:00 pm PST

Watch the electronic video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

Join the meeting by clicking here or visiting https://rdos.webex.com/

Click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area I Green Mountain Road July 29, 2022, 10:30 pm

 The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ALERT for properties in Electoral Area I Green Mountain Road in the vicinity of Ford Lake.

Click here to view the Evacuation Alert

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area I Green Mountain Road July 29, 2022, 9:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation ORDER for 21 properties in Electoral Area I Green Mountain Road in the vicinity of Ford Lake

Click here to view the Evacuation Order

What to do when an Evacuation ALERT or ORDER is issued

ALERT (Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team: 250-809-7152 | Emergency Support Services (ESS): 250-486-1890

Click here to view the information

EOC Update: RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Activated July 29, 2022 9:05 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated due to the Keremeos Creek wildfire (K50863) located approx. 21km southwest of Penticton. The wildfire is estimated to be 100ha.

More information will follow. Please check back for updates.

Be prepared for risk of wildfires over the long weekend

Sustained high temperatures throughout British Columbia this week are increasing the potential for wildfires. Residents, travellers and campers should be prepared for wildfire and heat, to have an emergency plan and to stay informed as conditions change.

Information Bulletin 

Interior Health heat warning guidance

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued heat warnings across Interior Health this week, with temperatures expected to soar as high as 40 degrees in a number of communities. With elevated temperatures, the risk of heat-related illness increases.

The BC Centre of Disease Control provides a broad range of heat-related guidance on its website, including information on the different types of heat alerts, how to prepare for hot temperatures, symptoms of heat-related illnesses, those most at risk during hot weather and ways to stay cool.

Public Service Announcement

Stay safe during extreme heat

With warm temperatures forecast in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys over the next several days, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents and visitors to stay safe by drinking plenty of water, staying cool, and following the recommendations from Health Canada.  RDOS | Hot Topics 

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Removal of sand and sandbags

The 2022 spring freshet has subsided, and the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is in the process of removing sand and sandbags throughout the region. For further information, please visit the resources tab at emergency.rdos.bc.ca or call the EOC at 250-490-4225.

Current sand and sandbag locations map.

Stay safe and cool outdoors during extreme heat

  • Lower your activity level. If you must do errands, do them early or late in the day when it’s cooler.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by staying in the shade, avoiding direct sun mid-day, wearing a hat and protective clothing, using sunscreen, and wearing UV-protective eyewear.
  • Seek cooler, breezier areas when outdoors, such as large parks near the water with lots of trees.
  • Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
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Category 2 open fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, July 15, 2022, Category 2 open fires as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. These prohibitions are in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition implemented on June 30, 2022, and are being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

These prohibitions will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2022, or until the orders are rescinded. Anyone conducting Category 2 open fires within the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish those fires by the July 15 deadline.

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EOC Update: RESCIND Evacuation Alert for properties along Tulameen River Road, Electoral Area H

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is rescinding the evacuation alert issued for properties along Tulameen River in Electoral Area H on June 3, 2022. 

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RESCIND - EVACUATION ALERT – Tulameen River Road, Electoral Area H July 8 2022, 1200hrs

Evacuation Alerts originally issued on June 03, 2022 have been RESCINDED by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for the attached addresses in Schedule 1 for the specified areas of Electoral Area H. 

View the Evacuation Alert RESCIND notice.

EOC Update: overland flooding south of Oliver in Electoral Area A (Rural Osoyoos) June 16, 2022 12:05 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is monitoring overland flooding near Road 22 south of Oliver in Electoral Area A (Rural Osoyoos).

The RDOS is working with provincial partners and Aim Roads to assess and respond. Please monitor the RDOS online for updates.

Sand and sandbags are available at Oliver Fire Dept., 369 Similkameen Ave. 

Click here to view sand and sandbag locations.

Click here to sign up for Voyent Alert! notifications. 

High Streamflow Advisory – South Interior

ISSUED: 8:00 AM June 13, 2022

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Okanagan including Mission Creek and tributaries east of Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and surrounding areas
  • Boundary including West Kettle River, Kettle River, Granby River and surrounding tributaries
  • Similkameen River including the Tulameen River and surrounding tributaries

Click here to view the advisory

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)

After a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may provide applicants with financial assistance for essential uninsurable losses.

For details on the program, click here.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area H (Coalmont, Tulameen)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has issued an Evacuation Alert for properties in Electoral Area H within the communities of Coalmont and Tulameen.

Due to increased erosion of floodworks on the Tulameen River, particularly between Tulameen River Road and Coalmont, the province is undertaking works to repair Shatford Dike. On that assessment, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has approved an Expense Authorization Request to complete the works and the Ministry of Forests has approved the works in the river. The works are expected to be complete by the end of next week.

The RDOS EOC continues to monitor water levels across the region. Sand and sandbags are available at the locations and listed below and on the interactive map. An informational video on how to prepare sandbags is available, along with more preparedness tips at https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

View the information release.

Evacuation Alert Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, June 3, 2022 4:30 pm

Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 4:30 pm.

High Streamflow Advisory – South Interior

Issued: June 2, 2022, 10:45 am

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for several regions, including: 

  • Similkameen River including the Tulameen River and surrounding tributaries
  • Okanagan including tributaries around Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and surrounding areas

 Click here to view the advisory.

Prepare now for spring freshet and potential flooding June 1, 2022

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is reminding residents and property owners in low-lying areas or adjacent to Tulameen River, Otter Creek, and Otter Lake, to be proactive and remove personal items that may be damaged by high ground water or flooding. You may also want to consider sandbagging your property if it is located in a low-lying area. 

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Prepare now for spring freshet and potential flooding

The RDOS is reminding residents and property owners to prepare now for potential flooding. Continued cool weather is increasing the risk of flooding if a prolonged heatwave occurs over the next few weeks.

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RDOS continues to monitor water levels in Tulameen area

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is monitoring run off in the Electoral Area H communities of Tulameen and Coalmont. Residents are encouraged to be prepared for high water and take necessary steps to protect their homes and property. 

Use caution around streams, lakes and rivers where water levels may be rising or fast moving. Keep clear of eroded banks. Emergency preparedness also includes having a plan to ensure your family and pet’s needs are considered before an unexpected event occurs.

Property owners in low-lying areas may want to consider sandbagging their property. Sand and sandbags are available at the Tulameen Fire Hall and Coalmont Satellite Fire Hall. An instructional video of how-to sandbag is available. Sandbag locations are also listed on the interactive sandbag map.

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RDOS conducting flooding survey

The RDOS is committed to conducting an After Action Review (AAR) to document lessons learned, provide recommendations to enhance operations and emergency response capacity, and complete an action plan to address issues that arose during the November 2021 flood response. Survey questions are related to initial flood response, including notifications, Evacuation Alerts and Orders, and support provided during the initial days of the event. The survey closes Friday, May 6, 2022. Click here to take the survey 

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Flood recovery and freshet preparedness

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) hosted an electronic and in-person town hall meeting at the Tulameen Community Centre on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

To watch the Webex recording, please visit the RDOS YouTube channel. You can also listen to the audio only recording. More information from the town hall, including slide show presentations, will be distributed in the coming days.

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British Columbians urged to prepare for floods, wildfires

To prepare for this year’s spring freshet and wildfire seasons, the Province is urging caution and encouraging people to prepare for these hazards.

British Columbians can take steps to better protect their homes and financial security by buying flood and fire insurance, and can take further action to minimize the potential for damage when flooding is forecast or wildfire threat is high.

News Release 

RDOS hosts flood recovery town hall meeting

The Regional District is hosting an electronic and in-person town hall meeting at the Tulameen Community Centre, 2595 Coalmont Road.

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

5:30 to 6:30 pm: opportunities for one-on-one discussions (in-person only)

6:30 to 9:00 pm: presentations and questions

Click the link below to view the information release.

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Prescribed burns scheduled near Penticton

BC Wildfire Service and Penticton Indian Band plan to conduct two prescribed burns in the south Okanagan with support from the Okanagan Shuswap Resource District. Preparation work for these prescribed burns could start as early as March 14, 2022. However, the burns likely won’t occur until after March 28, 2022. The exact timing of the burns will be dependent on weather, site and venting conditions. Ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Orders and Alerts rescinded, continued supports available Feb. 17 2022 5:00 pm

The imminent threat from the flooding due to the atmospheric event in November and the ice jams in December has passed. All evacuation orders and alerts issued between November and December 2021 have been rescinded. Continued supports are available, and if you have experienced flooding previously, now is the time to consider creating a flooding plan to be prepared for Spring freshet.

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Evacuation Orders and Alerts RESCINDED in Electoral Areas B, G, H Feb. 17 2022 5:00 pm

Evacuation Orders and Alerts originally issued due to the atmospheric river, ice jamming and flooding events in November and December 2021 for the attached addresses in Schedule 1 for Electoral Area H, Schedule 2 for Electoral Area B and Schedule 3 for Electoral Area G have been RESCINDED by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

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EOC Update: Support for Evacuees Jan. 24 2022 2:15 pm

Support for Evacuees continues for those in need after the November and December 2021 flooding events.

Information about wellness sessions, well water testing, Red Cross support (including new Case Management) and more information is provided at the link below.

RDOS | Hot Topics

EOC Update: sandbag locations in Electoral Areas G and H Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 3:15 pm

Environment and Climate Change Canada has indicated warmer temperatures will be present over the next several days, with the possibility of precipitation. If you live near a waterway, please take steps to protect yourself and your property. The EOC will continue to monitor this event and provide further information as required.

Sand and sandbags are available for residents to protect their property from potential flooding. Additional sandbag locations will be in place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

  • 3491 Highway 3 in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos)
  • 13 km east of Princeton in Area H (Rural Princeton)

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: ice jams | winter preparedness Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 3:45 pm

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is reminding residents and visitors to be aware of potential flooding and other hazards on or near area waterways, including the Similkameen River. 

  • Heavy snowfall is forecast across southwestern British Columbia
  • Now is the time to prepare for cold temperatures, power outages, and icy road conditions

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EOC Update: ice jams | preparedness Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 12:00 pm

If you live near the Similkameen River, be prepared to leave on short notice even if your property is not under Evacuation Alert.

The EOC is activated to monitor and support potential ice jam events. 

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 5:00 pm

Due to the threat of flooding as a result of ice jams on the Similkameen River, and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the properties listed in Schedule 1.

Pre-register for Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-486-1890.

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

1260 HIGHWAY 3
1264 HIGHWAY 3
1306 HIGHWAY 3

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 5:00 pm

Due to the threat of flooding as a result of ice jams on the Similkameen River, and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the properties listed in Schedule 1.

Pre-register for Emergency Support Services at ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-486-1890.

Schedule 1 – List of Properties

3455 HIGHWAY 3
3491 HIGHWAY 3

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EOC Update: ice jams Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is monitoring flows on area rivers, including the Similkameen along with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD). The EOC will distribute information releases as needed.

The EOC is activated to monitor and support potential ice jam events. In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

BC extreme weather events - property assessment impacts

Information about the impact of weather events on property assessments: Notice from BC Assessment

If buildings and/or structures on your property were substantially damaged or destroyed by weather events between November 1 and December 31, 2021, and were not repaired by December 31st, contact BC Assessment before January 31, 2022, to share details on the damage or loss, including repair costs (if available) and pictures:  ​

EOC Update: flood recovery Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 12:15 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to provide support and resource information to residents and property owners across the region who have been impacted by flooding.

The Province of BC is urging everyone to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages, and slick roads. A series of strong storms are expected to bring periods of heavy and blowing snow, freezing rain, and very cold weather over the next several days.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview | flood recovery Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 3:30 pm

The RDOS EOC continues to provide support and resource information to residents and property owners who have been impacted by flooding. 

Visit the RDOS YouTube channel to view the video update recorded on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview | Dec.16, 2021 3:00 pm

RDOS EOC hosting a video update on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 12:00 pm PST. 

 Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview | Tulameen Resiliency Centre Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 4:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) will be hosting a video update on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 12:00 pm PST. Attendees to be confirmed. The  video update will be hosted via Webex and broadcast live on the RDOS YouTube channel. Members of the public are invited to submit questions in advance via email at eocinfo@rdos.bc.ca.

The Tulameen Resiliency Centre will be open Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre (2595 Otter Ave, Tulameen). 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview | ESS and Canadian Red Cross Dec. 13 2021 1:45 pm

Canadian Red Cross transitioning to provide Emergency Support Services
Starting Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the request of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Canadian Red Cross will be providing Emergency Support Services (ESS) to eligible households impacted by the floods.

Please be aware:

  • The existing ESS support system will come to a close on the Wednesday, December 15, 2021. If you are currently receiving ESS support this will not be available effective 12:01 am on Thursday, December 16, 2021.
  • The Canadian Red Cross will take over support for those who have registered with them.

What to do:

  • The first step to access this financial assistance is to register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582, between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm PST.
  • Registration can be done in person at the Princeton & District Community Skills Centre located at 206 Vermillion Avenue Open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily.
  • If you are registering with the Canadian Red Cross or verifying your registration information, please ensure you bring correct verification ID.
  • A new Red Cross Facility to register in person will be available on Thursday December 16, 2021 between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Tulameen Community Centre.

More information about testing water samples and other support services is available at the link below.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview | mental health and wellness Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 4:00 pm

EOC video update Friday, December 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Watch the recording on the RDOS YouTube Channel. Updates from Interior Health, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC).

Mental Health and Wellness
Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority that provides emergency management leadership and support to the health authorities of BC.

BC Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789 (no are code) Free and available 24 hours a day.

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Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC) mental health and wellness links

Mental health support 310-6789 (no area code needed). Always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 11:15 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with local and provincial partners, Indigenous communities, and volunteers to support recovery efforts across the region.

Video update
The RDOS will be hosting a video briefing update on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Watch the briefing live via the RDOS YouTube Channel.

Evacuation Order Rescinded in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton)
On December 9, 2021 at 10:30 am an Evacuation Order issued on November 14, 2021 was RESCINDED for certain properties along Tulameen River Road.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Thursday, Dec. 9 2021 10:30 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 14, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 8, 2021 4:20 pm

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions 

Tulameen Resiliency Centre will be open:

Thursday – health support: nurse practitioner and disaster psychosocial professional on-site

Sunday – recovery support: tips and information to assist with property remediation

For more info: Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 11:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions.

The Tulameen resiliency centre will be open Thursday, December 9, 2021, and Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre. 

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview | recovery after a flood Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 12:30 pm

The resiliency centre will be open Thursday, December 9, 2021, and Sunday, December 12, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Tulameen Community Centre. Resource information will be available to support immediate health and recovery needs, including Emergency Support Services (ESS), Canadian Red Cross, and Disaster Financial Assistance.

Thursday – health support: nurse practitioner and disaster psychosocial professional on-site

Sunday – recovery support: tips and information to assist with property remediation

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 6, 2021 12:30 pm

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions in sub zero conditions.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Dec. 4, 2021 11:00 am

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to be aware of the potential for hazardous road conditions.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 15, 2021 and December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED to Alert Area B (Cawston) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in the Chopaka area of Electoral Area B and issued on December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED to an Evacuation Alert for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area “H” and issued on November 15, 2021 and December 1, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedules 1 and 2.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area G and issued on November 26, 2021 and December 1, 2021 have been RESCINDED for the attached properties in Schedule 1.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCINDED Area G (Rural Keremeos)

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) on December 1, 2021 for properties in Electoral Area G for the specified area in the attached Schedule 1, is RESCINDED. 

 Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area B (Cawston) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area B and issued on November 26, 2021 and December 1, 2021 is RESCINDED for the attached addresses in Schedule 1 for the specified areas of Electoral Area B.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 7:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area H and issued on November 15, 18, 20, and 25, 2021 is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedule 1.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview | Evacuation Alerts and Orders Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 2:30 pm

As a result of data from the ground, and an aerial flyover of the Tulameen River and Similkameen River, conducted on Friday, December 3, 2021, Evacuation Alerts and Orders are in the process of being updated.

A resiliency centre will be open at the Tulameen Community Centre on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) throughout the region. 

An aerial flyover of the Tulameen River and Similkameen River is being conducted (Dec. 3, 2021). This assessment, along with information and data gathered on the the ground, will help determine the status of Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Regional Overview Dec 2, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period. Many bridges, highways, roads and dykes are compromised, washed out or highly stressed. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Do not use backcountry or Forest Service Roads, they may be eroded and their stability cannot be guaranteed. If you must travel, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders
Additional Evacuation Alerts and Orders were issued on December 1, 2021. The table below provides the total number of homes on alert and order since November 14, 2021.

Electoral Area B
Order: 2
Alert: 55

Electoral Area G
Order: 4
Alert: 347

Electoral Area H
Order: 348
Alert: 992


Check whether your property is on alert or order by typing your address in the search bar of the interactive map available at https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/interactive-map   

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EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area G Dec. 1 2021 6:45 pm

WHEREAS due to the Similkameen River flooding in Electoral Area G and the imminent threat to life and property; and,

With the power authorized under Section 12 (1) of the Emergency Program Act (RS, 1996, Chap 111) it is now declared that a state of local emergency exists in the RDOS for all of Electoral Area G;

The State of Local Emergency commences immediately on December 1, 2021 to remain in force for seven days until date December 8, 2021 at midnight unless revoked by order of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen or the Minister responsible.

Issued by EOC Director

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area B Dec. 1 2021 6:45 pm

WHEREAS due to the Similkameen River flooding in Electoral Area B and the imminent threat to life and property; and,

With the power authorized under Section 12 (1) of the Emergency Program Act (RS, 1996, Chap 111) it is now declared that a state of local emergency exists in the RDOS for all of Electoral Area B;

The State of Local Emergency commences immediately on December 1, 2021 to remain in force for seven days until date December 8, 2021 at midnight unless revoked by order of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen or the Minister responsible.

Issued by EOC Director

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Dec. 1 2021 6:15 pm

Due to the threat of flooding in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for low-lying properties along the Similkameen River. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area G Dec 1 2021 6:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area G, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area G Dec 1 2021 6:45 pm

A State of Local Emergency has been declared for all of Electoral Area G

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area B (Cawston) Dec. 1 2021 5:15 pm

Due to the continued threat of flooding and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for a low-lying properties in Electoral Area B (Cawston).

See the list of properties in Schedule 1 and map of properties in Schedule 2.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area B (Chopaka) Dec 1 2021 4:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area B, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 1:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H, evacuation of properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: flood warning | regional overview Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 11:30 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC UPDATE: Flood Warning – Coldwater, Nicola, Tulameen, Similkameen, Spius ISSUED: Dec. 1, 2021 8:30 am

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Warning for:

  • Tulameen River
  • Similkameen River
  • Spius Creek
  • Coldwater River
  • Lower Nicola River

The public is advised to stay clear of the fast-flowing rivers and potentially unstable riverbanks during the high-streamflow period.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

BC River Forecast Centre

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. 

Information for owners of sewer systems in flooded areas

The Province of BC is advising owners of sewer systems who live in flooded areas about potential risks for human health and the environment, and how to mitigate them.

BC Ministry of Health Information Bulletin 

Sign up now for Voyent Alert! notifications

The RDOS is transitioning to the new Voyent Alert! notifications in early December 2021. The Voyent Alert! system uses geo-targeted technology to pinpoint exact properties, rather than notifying the entire Electoral Area.

For email, text, or phone notifications, get started here: https://voyent-alert.com/ca/community/#registration

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EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:15 pm

Flood Watch advisory

The BC River Forecast Centre’s Flood Watch advisory issued at 9:45 for the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H and a Flood Watch advisory for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H are both still in effect.

Sandbagging -There are 6 locations available for sandbags. 

New Voyent Alert Notification system - Please sign up directly with Voyent Alert! Receive notifications for critical events, wildfires, and flooding, as well as day-to-day communications such as garbage and recycling information, water and sewer notices, and public engagement opportunities.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders - remain in place within the RDOS. Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

For furhter info:  Hot Topics | RDOS

Dangerous weather pattern continues for BC Monday, November 29 to Thursday, December 2, 2021

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Stevenson Creek Road Electoral Area H Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 2:00pm

Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to flooding alongside the Similkameen River resulting in loss of access to the property on Stevenson Creek Road in Electoral Area H.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Monday, November 29, 2021 11:30 am

The BC River Forecast Centre’s Flood Watch advisory for Flood Warning of the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H and a Flood Watch advisory for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H are both still in effect.

Reminder that all Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the RDOS. Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar: https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: River Forecast Centre issues Flood Warning for Tulameen River, Flood Watch for Similkameen River Sunday Nov. 28 2021 8:00 pm

The BC River Forecast Centre has upgraded the Flood Watch advisory to Flood Warning for the Tulameen River in Electoral Area H. A Flood Warning advisory means riverbanks are full and flooding will result in areas adjacent to affected rivers.

A Flood Watch advisory has also been issued for the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H. A Flood Watch advisory means riverbanks are nearing full and may result in flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Rising waters in Tulameen area Sunday Nov. 28, 2021 3:45 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising anyone remaining within an Evacuation Order zone in the Tulameen area of Electoral Area H to leave their properties immediately.

Residents within the Evacuation Alert area of Tulameen and Coalmont should be prepared to leave their properties in a moment’s notice. If river levels continue to rise, seek out higher ground. The Evacuation Alert may be upgraded to an Evacuation Order at any time, and you should be prepared to leave your property immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 11:45 am

The River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch advisory for the Tulameen River and Similkameen River.

River levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. Rain and accompanying snow melt are expected now through Wednesday, December 1, 2021. High winds may accompany these storms on the BC Coast and parts of the BC Interior.

The River Forecast Centre may issue a Flood Warning advisory should weather conditions deteriorate. Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

Preparing for rising water levels

  • Move equipment and other materials to higher ground.
  • Protect your valuables in waterproof containers. Empty crawlspaces if possible.
  • Raise large appliances in the basement above the potential water level from a flood.
  • Find your floor drain and make sure nothing is covering it like boxes, furniture or carpet.
  • Check that your roof and eavestroughs are draining properly in heavy rains and that downspouts are directed well away from your home. 
  • Clean leaves, garbage, ice and other debris away from the storm drains near your home.
  • Buy or make an emergency kit, and keep it stocked. Families should be prepared to be self-sustaining for at least three days.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic also add hygiene items such as hand sanitizer and non-medical masks to your kit to keep your family safe during an evacuation.

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Information on drinking-water wells, water testing and returning home after an evacuation

Please find the latest Information on drinking-water wells in flooded areas of B.C visit: Information on drinking-water wells in flooded areas of B.C. | BC Gov News

For a list of Laboratories approved by BC Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health Authority for drinking water microbiology testing, please use the following link:  https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca/assets/8-3-1-PHO-Approved-Laboratory-List-20210630.pdf   

Returning home after an evacuation? BC Centre for Disease Control have issued this information on key hazards to be aware of when re-entering a flood zone and returning home after evacuation. Please be aware of possible risks including contamination, electrical hazards, carbon monoxide, and live animals that may have taken refuge in your property. 

EOC Update: Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:00 am

Hot Topics | RDOS

Please note new: 

  • High Streamflow Advisory
  • Road Closures
  • Weather Forecast

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. 

EOC Update: regional overview Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. Evacuation Alerts along the Similkameen River and Tulameen River are in place to advise residents of the potential dangers of slope instability near the rivers. Properties located at higher elevations have not been identified as areas of immediate concern.

Evacuation Alerts are issued out of an abundance of caution based on recommendations by subject matter experts.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties in Electoral Area B (Cawston) and Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area B and issued on November 15, 2021, is RESCINDED.

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties in Electoral Area G and issued on November 15, 2021, is RESCINDED.

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is advising residents to be aware of changing conditions and potential flooding. 

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 11:30 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H, evacuation of property in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND to Alert in Electoral Area G (Rural Keremeos) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 10:30 am

An Evacuation Order issued for three properties shown in Schedule 1 for the Riverside RV Park and Estates area of Electoral Area G, issued on November 15, 2021, has been RESCINDED.

Due to the continued threat of flooding in the area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 that an Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND to Alert in Electoral Area B (Cawston) Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued for four properties shown in Schedule 1 for the Chopaka area of Electoral Area B, issued on November 15, 2021, has been RESCINDED.

Due to the continued threat of flooding in the area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties in Schedule 1 that an Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

Dangerous weather pattern for BC

Environment and Climate Change Canada 

Three atmospheric rivers forecast to affect BC over the next seven days and have been consistently forecast.

Event duration: Thursday, November 25 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

High winds may accompany these storms on the BC Coast and parts of the BC Interior.

Since many areas of BC still have flooding and are still in recovery from the November 13-15 storm, further impacts can occur with less rain and wind than normal.

Refer to Environment Canada and River Forecast Centre alerts, including special weather statements and warnings over the next week.

Prepared BC emergency guides and resources

EOC Update: Similkameen River, donations, and large item removal Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 2:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising residents to be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes. The RDOS EOC is working with the Town of Princeton EOC to provide support. For the latest updates, please visit https://princeton.ca.

Please continue to check on neighbours and report any concerns to the RDOS EOC. In the case of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for a specified area along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area H Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 11:00 am

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued. As much advance notice as possible will be provided prior to an Evacuation Order, however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

RCMP expedited this action. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

Emergency – natural disaster protocol for electrical and gas equipment safety

Procedures for re-commissioning gas & electrical equipment after a natural disaster has occurred.

Natural disaster protocol for equipment safety | Technical Safety BC

Laboratories approved by BC Provincial Health Officer

For drinking water microbiology testing (June 20, 2021)

Click here to view the list.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 2:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for one address due to immediate danger to life and property due to flooding along the Similkameen River in Electoral Area “H”, evacuation of property in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately. RCMP and Search and Rescue will be expediting this action.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 1:00 pm

Please be aware of potential flooding. Based on available information, including weather advisories, areas prone to flooding may flood again as the weather changes.

In the event of an emergency or danger to life and safety, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

Sand and sandbags are available to protect homes, businesses, and properties. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 5:15 pm

All Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Sand and sandbags available. Additional support available for those on Evacuation Orders.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 12:30 pm

All Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Rapid Damage Assessment teams continue to visit communities.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: regional overview Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 4:00 pm

The Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors about the dangers of fast-moving water and to please avoid all unnecessary travel.

The RDOS EOC, with support from BC Wildfire Service, continue to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments (RDA) throughout the region. At this time, RDA’s have been completed for the communities of Tulameen and Coalmont.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: regional overview Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 10:30 am

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).

The Province of BC is advising that drinking-water wells in flooded areas may be at risk of contamination.

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

EOC Update: regional overview Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 10:30 am

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). Use the interactive map to confirm whether your property is under Evacuation Alert or Order by typing your address into the search bar. https://emergency.rdos.bc.ca

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region, including the Town of Princeton

Hot Topics | RDOS 

 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place, flood recovery Nov. 20, 2021 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with Electoral Areas, Indigenous communities, member municipalities, fire departments, and community partners to ensure the safety of residents, provide the necessary supplies, and assist with recovery efforts.

Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in place. Use the interactive map to check your property’s status by typing the address into the search bar.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: flood recovery Nov. 20, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is working with Electoral Areas, Indigenous communities, member municipalities, fire departments, and community partners to ensure the safety of residents, provide the necessary supplies, and assist with recovery efforts.

Transport Canada Area Restrictions

An interim restriction respecting certain flooded areas in British Columbia for all watercraft vessels has been issued by Transport Canada, including the areas of the Similkameen River and waters over the floodplains along Crowsnest Highway, from south of Hedley to the U.S. border, and Tulameen River and the waters over the floodplains in the vicinity of the village of Tulameen.

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region including Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) as well as the Town of Princeton. Re-entry kits and information are being distributed directly to properties impacted by flooding. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is working with the Town of Princeton and partner agencies to identify and dispatch professional services including electrical, gas, and restoration.

If you have a coloured placard on your home, please be aware:

Green placard:

re-entry permitted if the property is not located within an Evacuation Order area. 

Yellow placard:

access is restricted subject to varying conditions. Further information will be provided on the placard. 

Red placard:

do not enter the property unless authorization has been granted by the jurisdictional authority.

 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Eastgate, San Ang and Manning Park areas in Electoral Area H Nov. 20, 2021 10:15 am

Due to the continued impact from flooding in the areas outlined below; and because of the potential danger to life, health, and property damage, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the communities of Eastgate, San Ang and Manning Park in Electoral Area H.

See the list of properties in Schedule 1 and map of properties in Schedule 2 at the link below.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: flood recovery Friday, November 19, 2021 2:00 pm

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are visiting properties in the region including Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) as well as the Town of Princeton. Re-entry kits and information are being distributed directly to properties impacted by flooding. The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is working with the Town of Princeton and partner agencies to identify and dispatch professional services including electrical, gas, and restoration.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Tulameen and Coalmont in Electoral Area H Thursday, November 18, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area H

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Avoid fast-moving water | flood recovery Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors about the dangers of fast-moving water. Please be aware of fallen or unstable trees and utility poles, damaged gas and power lines, and water and sewage contamination. Please avoid all unnecessary travel. If you must leave your current location, check drivebc.ca for the latest updates.

Hot Topics | RDOS

BC Hwy 3 OPEN between Princeton BC and Keremeos after flooding

EOC Update: Emergency Support Services and regional overview Wednesday, November 17, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is actively working with provincial agencies and responders to assess flooded communities across the region.

Emergency Support Services
If your property is under Evacuation Order or Alert due to flooding, please register with the Evacuee Registration and Assistance (ERA) tool ess.gov.bc.ca or call
1-833-498-3770.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA)

Visit http://emergency.rdos.bc.ca for helpful links and information, or call the EOC: 250-490-4225

Click the interactive map for current information including Evacuation Orders and Alerts.  

More info: Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND for properties within the Village of Keremeos

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for properties within the Village of Keremeos issued on November 15, 2021 is RESCINDED..

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Risk Assessments Underway

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is actively working with provincial agencies and responders to assess flooded communities across the region.

The RDOS is currently conducting risk assessments of properties in Tulameen and Coalmont. The assessments include checking homes and driveways watching for potential dangers such as fallen or unstable trees, damaged gas and power lines, and water and sewage contamination.

Hot Topics | RDOS

 

EOC Update: Avoid bridges, roadways and dykes, remain in place if safe to do so Nov. 16, 2021 10:45 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to monitor flooding and high water across the region. The current situation is dynamic and constantly changing, the safety of first responders and the public remains paramount.

Many bridges, highways, roads and dykes are compromised, washed out or highly stressed. Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Do not visit flooding sites or high water areas or river systems for any reason. Do not use backcountry or Forest Service Roads, they may be eroded and their stability cannot be guaranteed.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Updates from Town of Princeton

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area H Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued in Electoral Area H.

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area B Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area B.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area G Nov. 15, 2021 4:45pm

An Evacuation Order has been issued for properties in Electoral Area G.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Declaration of State of Local Emergency in Electoral Area G

A State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been declared for all of Electoral Area G.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for properties within the Village of Keremeos

Evacuation Alerts have been issued for properties in the Village of Keremeos along the Similkameen River.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Evacuation Alerts have been issued for the Similkameen Valley and properties within the Village of Keremeos.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Flood and High Water Monitoring Continues November 15, 2021 12:45 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to monitor flooding and high water across the region. The current situation is dynamic and constantly changing, the safety of first responders and the public remains top priority.

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Flooding in Electoral Area H

Sunday, November 14, 2021 11:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is activated due to flooding in the Tulameen area in Electoral Area H.

Click here to view the Evacuation Order.

Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of unsafe debris and to stay clear of floodwaters.

View the information release.

EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H

Sunday, November 14, 2021 9:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for 34 addresses due to immediate danger to life safety due to Tulameen River flooding in Electoral Area H. 

Search and Rescue under the direction of RCMP will be expediting notifications and enforcement.

View the information release.

EOC activated due to flooding in Tulameen area in Electoral Area H

Please follow RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on social media for updates.

Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

emergency.rdos.bc.ca

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EOC Update: 2021 wildfire thank you video | helping each other

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) has uploaded a new video to the RDOS YouTube channel. The video was created to acknowledge and thank everyone involved in the 2021 wildfire season.

View the information release.

2021 Wildfire Response - Emergency Support Services and Recovery Support Update

Emergency Support Services support will be ending as of November 30, 2021. At the request of Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC), Canadian Red Cross will provide households who have been unable to return home following the 2021 B.C. Fires with financial assistance to support their interim housing needs during their recovery.

View the information bulletin.

Smoke from Pile Burning to be Visible in Naramata Area

The BC Wildfire Service is planning to burn about 150 piles of wood debris in an area near the Arawana Forest Service Road, about five kilometres east of Naramata. The burns are scheduled to start on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, and will be concluded by Thursday, March 31, 2022.

View the information bulletin.

Pile burning for Wildfire Risk Reduction Projects in Penticton area

The BC Wildfire Service, in conjunction with Okanagan Shuswap Resource District and Penticton Indian Band, plans to burn approximately 1,100 piles of wood debris in several locations throughout the Penticton Fire Zone as part of fuels management projects intended to reduce the wildfire hazard present in the Penticton area.

View the information bulletin.

EOC Update: Public and Evacuee Survey

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is seeking feedback from the public and evacuees regarding its response to the 2021 wildfire season. The Public and Evacuee Survey is open until Friday, October 29, 2021. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Recovery Resources Oct 15 2021 11:30 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to provide referrals to those affected by wildfires within the region. Referrals are part of the EOC wildfire recovery coordination through the several resources at the link below.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area H Sept. 5, 2021 4:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) on August 29, 2021 in the area of Kennedy Lake and Whipsaw in Electoral Area H has now been RESCINDED to ALL CLEAR.

There are no properties on Evacuation Alert in the RDOS due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area I Sept. 5, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) on September 3, 2021 for the area of Farleigh Lake in Electoral Area “I” has now been RESCINDED to ALL CLEAR. 

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert remains in effect due to Hedges Butte wildfire Sept. 4, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert for the Hedges Butte wildfire issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) on Friday, September 3, 2021 remains in effect. Residents and property owners can pre-register with ESS by visiting https://ess.gov.bc.ca or calling 1-800-585-9559.

Kennedy Lake remains on Evacuation Alert due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

View the information release: 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area I Sept. 3, 2021 5:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) for 47 properties due to the Hedges Butte wildfire in Electoral Area I, located southwest of the community of Farleigh Lake. An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Respect Area Restrictions and other considerations for the Long Weekend

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is reminding residents and visitors in the region to remain vigilant and ensure their activities do not spark any new fires or impede ongoing firefighting operations.

View the information release:

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND to ALL CLEAR for Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire, Electoral Area C September 2, 2021 2:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area C on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED to all clear.

View the information release:
Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: PIB Evacuation Alert remains in effect, Shrike Hill evacuees fridge/freezer pick up

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the City of Penticton to monitor the status of the Skaha Creek wildfire.

An Evacuation Alert was issued by the PIB EOC on Monday, August 30, 2021 remains in effect

Residents in the Shrike Hill area who were on Evacuation Order and need to dispose of refrigerators and/or freezers should have these items to the curb for collection by 8:00 am on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Fridges and freezers must be empty and clean.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Penticton Indian Band issues Evacuation Alert for Skaha Creek wildfire effective August 30 2021 at 3:30 pm

The Penticton Indian Band Council has authorized an Evacuation Alert for properties in Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Holiday Hills RV Resort, as well as in the PIB Lower Village south of Shingle Creek effective August 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

Follow the link below for more information. 

Hot Topics | RDOS

Penticton Indian Band EOC Update: Skaha Creek Wildfire

The Penticton Indian Band Emergency Operations Centre (PIB EOC) has been activated in response to the Skaha Creek wildfire.

There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders at this time.

Hot Topics | RDOS

City of Penticton activates Emergency Operations Centre in response to Skaha Creek Wildfire

The City of Penticton activated its Emergency Operations Centre to prepare to support the response to the Skaha Creek Wildfire.

Penticton Indian Band issued an Evacuation Alert effective August 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm.

There are no Evacuation Alerts or Orders being considered for the City of Penticton at this time.

View the City of Penticton's information release.

 

Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: RDOS is monitoring Skaha Creek wildfire

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is in regular communication with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the City of Penticton to assess the status of the Skaha Creek wildfire.

There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders.

Hot Topics | RDOS

Wildfire Information: Follow BC Wildfire Service on Twitter, Facebook or BCWildfire.ca

The Regional District will post the latest information on Evacuation Alerts, Orders or Rescinds.  

For the latest wildfire information, please visit BC Wildfire Service (BCWS): BCWildfire.ca

BCWS Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo

BCWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo/

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Garrison Lake wildfire, Electoral Area H August 29, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Garrison Lake area of Electoral Area H issued on August 14, 2021, is RESCINDED for all addresses in Eastgate and Placer Creek. Properties within Eastgate and Place Creek move to all clear.

Properties within Kennedy Lake and Whipsaw Creek (placed on Evacuation Order on August 15, 2021), will be placed on Evacuation Alert.

RDOS Hot Topics: www.rdos.bc.ca

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RDOS wildfire information video

BC Wildfire Service Information Officer Mike McCulley discusses planned ignitions, Evacuation Alerts and Orders, and general information about wildfires. For the latest information on wildfires of note, please visit: bcwildfire.ca 

Please click here to watch the video

EOC Update: RDOS continues to monitor Garrison Lake wildfire August 25, 2021 1:00 pm

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 RDOS.

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EVACUATION ORDER RESCIND Thomas Creek Wildfire, Electoral Area D August 23, 2021

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED and is now considered all clear for Allendale Lake area of the Thomas Creek Wildfire.  

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Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 20, 2021 2:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED. 

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EOC Update: RDOS continues to monitor wildfire activity August 19, 2021 12:30 pm

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 RDOS.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H August 15 5:00 pm

An Evacuation order has been issued for Electoral Area H due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

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EOC Update: Emergency Feed Program available for qualified farm operations

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is sharing that in order to assist farmers and ranchers with displaced commercial livestock, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Fisheries (MOAFF), with support from Emergency Management BC (EMBC), has developed an Emergency Feed Program to provide up to 14 days of hay to qualified farm operations.  

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EOC Update: An Evacuation Order issued in Electoral Area H August 14 2021 5:30 pm

An Evacuation order has been issued for Electoral Area H due to the Garrison Lake wildfire.

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EOC Update: Rescind Evacuation Order, extend Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area H August 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that the Garrison Lake wildfire Evacuation Order for the properties and parcels listed in the link below has been rescinded. The area previously under Evacuation Order is now on Evacuation Alert. All properties previously under Evacuation Alert will remain under Evacuation Alert. Properties on Evacuation Order not listed at the link below remain on Evacuation Order.

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Follow-up Citizen Survey closes August 31, 2021

As a result of the 2020 Citizen Survey, the RDOS Board of Directors approved a short follow-up survey to provide further insights into how residents and property owners prefer to engage with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). The follow-up survey focuses on specific methods of receiving and sharing information about RDOS projects and initiatives.

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EOC Update: Live video update scheduled for Thursday, August 12 at 3:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be hosting a live video update today, August 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm via the RDOS YouTube channel. BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) representatives will be in attendance to report on current wildfire activity.

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Interior Health heat warning reminders August 11, 2021

As heat continues to build in the Interior, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.

Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Rescinds Evacuation Alert issued August 3, 2021

The Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded an Evacuation Alert issued on August 3, 2021.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire Electoral Area A August 11, 2021 12:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on August 8, 2021 is RESCINDED.

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EOC Update: Returning home after a wildfire August 11, 2021 10:45 am

As wildfire activity moves further away from interface areas, evacuated residents and property owners will be advised when it is safe to return home. Do not return home before you have been advised by officials that it is safe to do. Obey all signs and detours upon returning, these have been designated as safe routes. PreparedBC offers resources and information about what to expect when you return home from a wildfire.

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RDOS transitions from CivicReady to Voyent Alert! in December 2021

The CivicReady mass notification system used by the RDOS will no longer be able to support its Canadian clients or continue to maintain a Canadian database, as of November 2021. Once the current contract with CivicReady expires at the end of November 2021, the RDOS will be transitioning to the Canadian-based company Voyent Alert!

CivicReady users will be sent reminder notifications prior to the change in service providers. 

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BC Wildfire Service - Kamloops Fire Centre Update August 10

See the latest BC Wildfire newsletter from the Kamloops Fire Centre

August 10 Newsletter

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Cool Creek wildfire, Electoral Area G - August 10, 2021 12:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Cool Creek area, north of Cathedral Provincial Park of Electoral Area G issued on July 29, 2021 is RESCINDED.

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EOC Update: Live video update and planning for pets during emergencies August 10, 2021 11:15 am

A live video update is scheduled for today (Tuesday, August 10) at 2:00 pm. To view video updates, please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) YouTube channel.

Area Restriction notices are in effect for Nk’Mip Creek and Garrison Lake wildfires. When creating an emergency plan for your household, it is important to also plan for your pets.

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EOC Update: Respect Area Restriction notices and important reminders - August 9 11:15 am

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the lead agency for information about wildfires.

Please visit bcwildfire.ca for current wildfire size, status and resources.

The next live video update is scheduled for Tuesday, August 10 at 2:00 pm. To view video updates, please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) YouTube channel.

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

Please click the link to view the lastest EOC udpate: Hot Topics | RDOS

Area Restriction in effect for Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088)

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088) . The area, near Manning Park, is popular for outdoor recreation. In the interest of public and responder safety, this restriction is effective immediately and will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until it is rescinded.

Information Bulletin and Map

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire August 8, 2021 13:00

Nk’Mip Creek wildfire August 8, 2021 13:00

In Electoral Areas "A" and "C"  Evacuation Order revised to Evacuation Alert

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Nk'Mip wildfire Area Restriction Order Update - August 8, 2021

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BC Wildfire Service Okanagan Complex wildfire update August 7, 2021

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A and C August 6, 2021 12:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A and C issued on July 19, 2021 is RESCINDED for 154 properties and 42 properties with legal descriptions.

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EOC Update: Kennedy Lake remains on Evacuation Alert due to Garrison Lake wildfire August 6, 2021 11:00 am

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is advising property owners and residents in the community of Kennedy Lake in Electoral Area “H”, an Evacuation Alert remains in effect.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuations; you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

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BC Wildfire Service Okanagan Complex wildfire update August 5, 2021

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Thomas Creek wildfire, Electoral Area D August 5, 2021 3:45 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Thomas Creek area of Electoral Area D issued on July 12, 2021 is RESCINDED for 77 properties.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 5, 2021 1:30 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A issued on July 27, 2021, and July 29, 2021, is RESCINDED for 251 properties at the link below.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND and Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area C August 5, 2021 12:00 pm

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area C issued on July 19, 2021, is RESCINDED for the 63 properties listed in the attached Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND Brenda Creek wildfire, Electoral Area H Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:00 am

An Evacuation Order issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Brenda Creek area of Electoral Area H issued on July 15, 2021, is RESCINDED for 41 properties.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert RESCIND Thomas Creek wildfire, Electoral Area D August 4, 2021 3:00 pm

An Evacuation Alert issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) in the Thomas Creek area of Electoral Area D issued on July 12, 2021, is RESCINDED for the following properties listed in the attached Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alerts and Orders August 4, 2021 1:30 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) remains activated in support of BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) operations in the region. The EOC was activated on July 11, 2021 and staff continue to ensure residents, property owners and visitors have the services and information they need.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A August 3, 2021 5:00 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for 223 properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 and shown in Schedule 2 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

An Evacuation Alert means being prepared to evacuate your property immediately.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 3, 2021 16:00

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

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EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders | Emergency Support Services August 3, 2021 2:00 pm

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.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has a livestock policy to support commercial livestock that are part of a commercial farm/ranch business.

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Smoky Skies Bulletin - August 3, 2021

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

Please click here to view the bulletin.

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 3, 2021 11:00 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire (K62088).

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area H (Garrison Lake wildfire) August 1, 2021 2:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert for Range Area between the communities of Kennedy Lake and Eastgate

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake Wildfire in Area "H" 

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert For One Property in Electoral Area H

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake Wildfire in Area "H" 

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area H July 31, 2021 8:00pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Garrison Lake wildfire in Electoral Area H. 

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Nk'Mip Creek wildfire welcome back notice for property owners

This package contains important information about returning home after an ordered evacuation and the threat of a wildfire is over.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) appreciates your respectful response to traffic control measures, including emergency and security personnel protecting your properties and working to get you back home as quickly as possible.

Returning Home: ensure your property and home are safe to enter

Click here to view the welcome back notice.

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and search function July 30, 2021 12:45 pm

Please visit the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) 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.’

Please click the link below:

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A July 29, 2021 4:00 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for 191 properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

Due to the continued threat of fire and potential to expand back into this area, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) now notifies those properties identified in Schedule 1 that Evacuation Alert remains in place.

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EOC video update: Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:00 pm PST

Latest information on the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire including Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

Other wildfires impacting the Regional District of Okanangan-Similkameen (RDOS) will also be discussed.

Watch the video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area G due to Cool Creek wildfire July 29, 2021 1:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Cool Creek wildfire, north of Cathedral Provincial Park.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

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EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders July 28, 2021 12:00 pm

Please click the link to view the lastest EOC udpate: Hot Topics | RDOS

EOC Update: Evacuation Order RESCIND, Evacuation Alert Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, Electoral Area A July 27, 2021 4:30 pm

An Evacuation Order has been RESCINDED for eight (8) properties identified within the Nk’Mip Creek area of Electoral Area A.

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EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders | important reminders July 27, 2021 1:30 pm

Please click the link below to view the information release.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order issued for Electoral Area D

An Evacuation Order has been issued for parcels in Electoral Area D

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Osoyoos Indian Band Rescinds Order, Expands Alert

The Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded its Evacuation Order and expanded its Evacuation Alert:

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EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and ESS July 26 2021 4:00 pm

Current information about Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Brenda Creek, and Thomas Creek wildfires.

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Okanagan Community Fire Bulletin of July 26 2021

Okanagan Community Fire Bulletin of July 26: 

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EOC Update: Evacuation Order rescinded for 28 parcels, now on Evacuation Alert

Evacuation orders for 28 parcels (23 civic addresses) have been rescinded and are now on Evacuation Alert.

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Smoky Skies Bulletin - July 26, 2021

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hourby-hour.

Please click here to view the bulletin.

EOC video update: Monday, July 26, 2021 2:00 pm PST

Latest information on the Nk'Mip Creek wildfire including Evacuation Alerts and Orders.

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will also update Evacuation Alerts and Orders due to Garrison Lake, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires. 

Watch the video update on the RDOS YouTube channel.

EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders and ESS renewal for evacuees July 25, 2021 6:00 pm

Evacuees on Evacuation Order who require further services: extensions will be provided starting Monday, July 26, 2021 

Current information about Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Brenda Creek, and Thomas Creek wildfires.

Message from Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB).

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Area Restriction in effect for Nk’Mip Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire (K52061). This area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities are taking place and to avoid interference with fire control.

Information Bulletin

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area H July 24, 2021 8:00 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, hereby orders that due to immediate danger to life and property due to the Garrison Lake wildfire in Electoral Area H, evacuation of two (2) properties in Schedule 1 is to commence immediately.

RCMP and Search and Rescue will be expediting this action.

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EOC Update: Current Evacuation Alerts and Orders July 24, 2021 11:30 am

Latest updates on Garrison Lake, Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER expanded for Electoral Area C 11:00am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Expanded Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Nk’Mip (Inkaneep) Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C.  

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Osoyoos Indian Band RESCINDS Evacuation ORDER and issues evacuation ALERT

Effective July 24, 2021 at 0:00 the Osoyoos Indian Band has rescinded the Evacuation ORDER and issued an evacuation ALERT.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT issued for Electoral Area H July 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Garrison Lake wildfire, east of East Gate.

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EOC Update: wildfire video update summary Friday, July 23, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) held a joint wildfire video update on Friday, July 23, 2021. Representatives from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) provided updates on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Updates were also provided on Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

Next video update scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 pm PST.

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BC Wildfire Bulletin Update for July 23, 2021

See the latest information bulletin from BC Wildfire Service:

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EOC Update: Wildfire video update summary Friday, July 23, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) held a joint wildfire video update on Friday, July 23, 2021. Representatives from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Town of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) provided updates on the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Updates were also provided on Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

Next video update scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 2:00 pm PST.

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EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

Please see below for the latest updates regarding Brenda Creek, Thomas Creek and Nk'Mip Creek wildfires:

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Osoyoos Indian Band EXPANDS Evacuation ORDER

Effective July 22, 2021 at 7:15 pm the Osoyoos Indian Band has issued an Evacuation ORDER for the properties provided at the link below:

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Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin of July 22, 2021

View the latest Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin of July 22, 2021 from BC Wildfire Service:

21-K21001-Okanagan-Fire-Community-Bulletin-July-22.pdf (rdos.bc.ca)

EOC Update: Wildfire video update summary July 22, 2021

The summary from the live briefing held July 22, 2021 at 3:00 pm is available at the link below.

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EOC Update: Wildfire information session live update Thursday, July 22 at 3PM

Due to recent changes regarding the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be holding a live wildfire information news briefing today (Thursday, July 22) at 3:00 pm.

The briefing will be carried by Castanet as a pool feed for media, and available to the public to watch live via Castanet’s YouTube channel or through their website www.castanet.net

EOC Update: Expanded Evacuation ORDER for Electoral Area A

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for additional properties in Electoral Area A. The previous Evacuation ORDER issued July 20 remains in effect. Click the link below for a full list of properties on Evacuation ORDER.

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EOC Update: Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

Please see the link below for the latest update on the Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status:

Hot Topics | RDOS

Osoyoos Indian Band issues updated Evacuation ORDER July 21 2021 10:15 pm

Osoyoos Indian Band issued an updated Evacuation ORDER on July 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm. Click the link below for more information.

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EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

View the EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfire status

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D July 21, 2021

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Thomas Creek wildfire, east of Skaha Lake in Electoral Area D.

View the Evacuation Alert

Evacuation ALERT due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire expanding into Electoral Area A

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ALERT has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire expanding into Electoral Area A.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued.

View the Evacuation Alert

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area A

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Nk’Mip (Inkaneep) Creek wildfire in Electoral Area A. 

View the Evacuation Order

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area A July 20, 2021

EOC Update: FortisBC encourages decreasing energy consumption during Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.

FortisBC crews are in Osoyoos supporting local emergency services personnel as they respond to the Nk’Mip wildfire.

While the system is stable, FortisBC has de-energized parts of their electricity system. For this reason, customers in Osoyoos and surrounding areas are asked to reduce their energy use during peak hours of from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm until further notice.

Some examples of how you can reduce your energy use include:

  • Cooking outdoors on barbeques, if possible
  • Washing dishes by hand or setting dishwasher timers to run in the middle of the night
  • Running laundry later in the evening
  • Reduce air conditioning use

FortisBC thanks its customers for their support during this time. Visit fortisbc.com/forestfires for more information or direct questions to FortisBC customer contact centre at 1-866-436-7847 (electricity) and 1-88-224-2710 (natural gas).

EOC Update: Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires.

View the EOC Update: Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires status

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency declared for Electoral Area C July 19, 2021

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Inkaneep Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

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EOC Update: Evacuation Alert issued for Electoral Area C and Town of Oliver - July 19, 2021 10:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Inkaneep Creek wildfire in Electoral Area C and the Town of Oliver for lands within the boundary of the town.

An Evacuation Alert prepares residents to evacuate the area should an Evacuation Order be issued. As much advance notice as possible will be provided prior to an Evacuation Order, however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

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EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued for Electoral Area C - July 19, 10:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to immediate danger to life safety due to the Shrike Hill wildfire in Electoral Area C.  The wildfire is currently located on Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) land approximately six (6) km north of Osoyoos, but moving rapidly north into the Regional District boundary.

RCMP and Search & Rescue will be expediting notifications and enforcement.

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BC Wildfire Service: Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin July 19

BC Wildfire Service has provided its Okanagan Fire Community Bulletin for July 19.

The bulletin includes information about fire behaviour, size, crew objectives and resources allocated to the Brenda Creek, Thomas Creek and White Rock Lake wildfires.

For latest updates please visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert Area D | Order Area H - July 19, 2021 12:00 pm

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

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For the latest wildfire information, please visit the BCWS website and click Interactive Map or Fires of Note: 
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-situation

EOC Update: Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek Wildfire Status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

Both fires are listed as interface fires on the BCWS website and Evacuation Alerts remain in place for 704 properties in Electoral Area D, and 42 properties are under Evacuation Order in Electoral Area H.

 View the status update.

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area H.

The Evacuation Alert zone within the RDOS includes Eneas Lakes Provincial Park. There are no properties or parcels sited within the Evacuation Alert zone. 


In order to assist with BCWS crew operations, road closures are in effect at the following locations:

  • Intersection of Trout Creek Forest Service Road and Princeton-Summerland Road
  • Intersection of Headwaters Road and Brenda Mine Road
  • Intersection of Sunset Road and Highway 97C

Please see detailed map and related information release.

EOC Update: Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek Wildfire Status

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) continues to work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D, and Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H.

Both fires are listed as interface fires on the BCWS website and Evacuation Alerts remain in place for 704 properties in Electoral Area D, and 42 properties are under Evacuation Order in Electoral Area H.

Brenda Creek

Search and Rescue and RCMP members have been deployed to conduct Evacuation ORDERS for the community of Headwaters, in Electoral Area H due to the Brenda Creek wildfire. The RDOS continues to monitor the situation and work with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). Please avoid camping or recreational activities near the area.

Please click the link to view the Evacuation Order:

https://rdos.bc.ca/newsandevents/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3450

Thomas Creek

Residents on Evacuation ALERT should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice. The Okanagan Falls boat launch has been closed in order to assist with BCWS operations. An area restriction notice remains in place.

Please click the link to view the Area Restriction Notice:

https://www.rdos.bc.ca/assets/Information-Releases/Thomas-Creek-Wildfire-Area-Restriction-July-14-2021.pdf

The RDOS EOC will continue to share updates as they become available.

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued due to Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H July 15, 2021 4:30 am

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area H. The properties are located in the community of Headwaters in Electoral Area H.

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EOC Update: State of Local Emergency Issued for Electoral Area H

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

State of Local Emergency 

EOC Update: Evacuation Alert due to the Brenda Creek wildfire in Electoral Area H July 14, 2021 11:30 pm

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Brenda Creek wildfire south of Brenda Mine in Electoral Area “H”.

The properties are located in the community of Headwaters in Electoral Area “H”.

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EOC Update: Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D | July 14, 2021

The Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D does not currently pose an imminent risk to structures, and 704 properties remain on Evacuation Alert.

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Thomas Creek Wildfire Area Restriction Issued by BC Wildfire Service

An area restriction has been issued by the BC Wildfire Service regarding the Thomas Creek. This order will remain in place until noon on October 15, 2021 or until it is rescinded.

 Read the full release from BC Wildfire Service.

 

Stay Local, Keep Your Community Safe This Long Weekend

As the May long weekend approaches, government reminds people to avoid all non-essential travel in the province to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and instead stay local if you do decide to enjoy the outdoors.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

Provincial Funding Supports COVID-19 Safety Precautions at Loose Bay Campground

The RDOS has received funding support from the Ministry of Agriculture to continue coordinating COVID-19 safety precautions at Loose Bay Campground near Oliver.

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: May 31, 2020 5:30 pm Flooding in Electoral Area “B”

Evacuation Order issued for one property on Chopaka Road. Evacuation Alert issued for three properties on Chopaka Road. 

The RDOS continues to be in communication with the Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB).

Please click here to view the information release.

EOC Update: June 19, 2020 3:30 pm High Lake Level Advisory

The RDOS EOC is advising residents to take steps to protect their properties. This advisory is for properties impacted by flooding in 2018 including those located adjacent to Okanagan Lake, Skaha Lake and Vaseux Lake. 

Please click here to view the information release.

Category 2 and category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Kamloops Fire Centre

Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Please click here to view the information bulletin.

EOC Update: Wildfire and heat preparedness

The RDOS is advising residents and visitors a heat warning was issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the South Okanagan on July 29th 2020. 

Please click here to view the information release.

August 6, 2020 9:00 am Tactical Evacuation in Sage Mesa Due to Fire

Tactical evacuation of homes in the Sage Mesa area north west of Penticton due to fire.

Please click here for Information Release

 

EOC Update: August 7, 2020 10:00 am Evacuation Alert RESCINDED for Electoral Area “H”

An Evacuation Alert has been RESCINDED for 43 properties in the vicinity of the Dry Lake wildfire north of Princeton, BC. 

Information Release 

4:30 pm August 18 2020 - Evacuation Order Heritage Hills

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC). The RDOS EOC has placed 319 properties under Evacuation ORDER due to a wildfire at Heritage Hills and near McLean Creek Road in Electoral Area “D”.

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued to prepare residents to evacuate their premises or property.

The RDOS EOC is working with BC Wildfire to assess the situation.

More Information: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/httpwww-rdosmaps-bc-camin-bylawsfinancepostandardtermspotermsconditions-pdf/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3123 

City of Penticton: Evacuation Alert issued for South East Penticton

The City of Penticton has issued an Evacuation Alert for 3,669 properties located in the south east portion of the City.  The alert area includes properties within the following street boundaries.

•    Lakeside Rd.
•    South Main
•    Main Street
•    Industrial/Okanagan Avenue
•    Alison St.
•    Penticton Creek
•    Syer Rd.

Information Release

9:00 pm August 18, 2020 - Evacuation Alert for Upper Carmi

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC). The Regional EOC has placed 116 civic addresses in Upper Carmi area and one home north of Heritage Hills on Eastside Rd under Evacuation Alert due to a wildfire. Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park is also under Evacuation Alert.

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare residents, businesses and visitors to evacuate their premises or property in the event an Evacuation Order is issued. The RDOS EOC is working with BC Wildfire to assess the situation. Property owners will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an Evacuation Order, however residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Residents and property owners are strongly advised to take proactive measures to prepare for an Evacuation Order. Please see the information listed below.

Information Release: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/httpwww-rdosmaps-bc-camin-bylawsfinancepostandardtermspotermsconditions-pdf/rdos-news/hot-topics/article/3124

EOC Update: News Conference at 1:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive Penticton

August 20, 2020

 

NEWS RELEASE

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 1:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are invited to attend the news conference which will take place inside the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow requirements for social distancing.


Residents can watch the news conference live through the City of Penticton’s Facebook account (@cityofpenticton). A video recording will be posted to the RDOS and City of Penticton YouTube channels following the news conference.

Contacts:
Philip Cooper, Communication Manager

City of Penticton 250-490-2583

EOC Update: News Confrence at 1:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive

 
Erick Thompson, Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen 250-490-4225

August 21 - Media Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY

Friday, August 21, 2020 10:00 am

EOC Update: News Conference at 12:00 pm at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton

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The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 12:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the BC Wildfire Service, the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are welcome to attend the news conference which will take place at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre (Salon C) at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow protocols for social distancing. The City and RDOS are introducing additional technology at today’s event to improve the audio available. Media will have access to a press box with a direct feed from the podium microphone.

Only representatives with the media will be allowed to attend in person. Residents can watch the news conference live through the City of Penticton’s Facebook account (@cityofpenticton). A video recording will be posted to the RDOS and City of Penticton YouTube channels following the news conference.

Contacts:

Philip Cooper
Communication Manager
City of Penticton
250-490-2583

Erick Thompson

Communications Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

250-490-4225

 

August 21 - Media Advisory

Aug 21 -2:00 pm - Evacuee Procedures Updates

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), is your primary source for the most up-to-date  information for current Evacuation Orders, for where Emergency Support Services (ESS) for residents in the RDOS are available. While the Evacuation Orders are still in effect, you will be provided support.

 

Christie Mountain wildfire evacuees who need to renew support services and are still relocated within the Penticton area, please go to the Reception Center at 199 Ellis St. Penticton, between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.

 

Christie Mountain wildfire evacuees who need to renew support services and are relocated outside the Penticton area should contact Emergency Support Services (ESS) at 250-490-4225 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  After Hours please leave a message and ESS will get back to you within 1 business day.

At this, the Evacuation Centre is located at 199 Ellis St. is open between 9:00 am and 6:00pm.

ESS can help if you:

  • Need to renew any services
  • Are incapacitated and need assistance with leaving your home under an Evacuation Alert (self-evacuation) or Evacuation Order
  • Need to find out if you are eligible to receive support services

 

20200821-1400-RDOS-EOC-UPDATE.pdf

EOC Update: Evacuation Order and Roadblocks remain in effect.

August 22 - EOC Update:   

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire.  Roadblocks remain in place within the Regional District. Roadblocks are in place to ensure that the Fire Fighters have unobstructed and safe access to these areas. A reminder to stay clear of the affected areas.

Information Release 


Aug 22 - 2:30 pm Evacuees Procedure Update

This is an update for evacuees as it pertains to evacuation procedures and accessing Emergency Support Services.

Information Release

 

EOC Update: August 23, 2020 3:30 pm Evacuation Order remain in effect.

An EVACUATION ORDER remains in effect for 319 properties in the Heritage Hills area south of Penticton in Electoral Area “D” in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Christie Mountain Wildfire. 

An EVACUATION ALERT remains in effect for 116 properties in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park in Electoral Area "D".

Information Release

EOC Update: News Conference at 12:00 p.m. at 21 Lakeshore Drive Penticton

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and the City of Penticton will host a joint news conference today at 12:00 pm to provide an update on the Christie Mountain Wildfire. Representatives from the RDOS and the City of Penticton will be in attendance to provide updates and answer questions. Media are invited to attend the news conference which will take place inside the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre at 21 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton, BC. Any media that attend in person are encouraged to wear a mask and follow requirements for physical distancing.

Media advisory

EOC Update: August 24 2020 2pm Re-entry plans underway for residents under Evacuation Order

Re-entry plans are being finalized by Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) staff to provide residents under Evacuation Order in Heritage Hills (Electoral Area "D") safe access to return to their homes. The Evacuation Order and Alert are still in effect and wildfire crews and equipment remain in the area. Once the area has been deemed safe for re-entry, residents will have access to their homes in a staged approach. 

Information Release

EOC Update: Aug 25, 2020 5:30 pm Evacuation Order RESCINDED for 319 Properties in Heritage Hills

Evacuation Order for 319 properties issued on August 18, 2020, in Heritage Hills in Electoral Area “D” is RESCINDED. The 319 properties are now under Evacuation Alert.

Evacuation ALERT issued for 116 properties issued on August 18, 2020, in the Upper Carmi area and Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park has been lifted.

Information Release 

 

Public urged to remain vigilant as fire season continues

With warm temperatures persisting in many regions of the province and the potential for new ignitions still high in some areas, the BC Wildfire Service urges British Columbians to stay alert and use fire safely over the Labour day weekend.

Information Release 

Do you have an emergency plan?

An emergency plan is a playbook for how you and your household will respond to a disaster. Knowing what to do will reduce anxiety and help keep you focused and safe. 

Please review the links below to ensure your family is prepared for an emergency. 

Be Prepared 

Notifications

Emergency Support Services (ESS)

Prepare now for spring freshet before flooding occurs

Now is the time to assess your property and buildings for potential drainage issues. Taking proactive measures before freshet begins can help prevent or minimize damage. 

Information Release 

Agriculture information exchange encourages wildfire preparedness June 10, 2021

All agricultural prodcuers, farmers, ranchers, commodity groups and others invovled in agriculture in the Okanagan-Similkameen are invited to attend. Registration is free: https://app.bookking.ca/rdospub/courses/index.asp 

Event details

Agriculture Wildfire Preparedness Exchange 2021

Heat safety reminders June 24, 2021

With temperatures across our region soaring this week, Interior Health reminds everyone that too much heat can be harmful to your health. Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

For further information, please visit www.interiorhealth.ca or click here to view the heat safety reminders public service announcement.

Campfires prohibited in British Columbia

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the province of British Columbia. This includes all pubic and private lands within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS). 

Information Release 

Smoky skies expected in the Regional District

A Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for multiple regions across the province including the Okanagan. People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

Information Release

EOC Update: Evacuation ORDER issued in Electoral Area D

The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre has issued an Evacuation ORDER for 77 properties in Electoral Area D due to the Thomas Creek wildfire.

Information Release

EOC Update: Evacuation ALERT due to Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) due to the Thomas Creek wildfire, east of Skaha Lake in Electoral Area “D”.

The properties are located east of Skaha Lake, south of Heritage Hills down to McLean Creek Road in Electoral Area D.  

Information Release 

EOC Update: State of Local Emergency Issued for Electoral Area D

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) advises that due to the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D and the potential threat to life and property a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has been issued.

State of Local Emergency 

EOC Update: Update Thomas Creek Wildfire Electoral Area D

The RDOS continues to monitor and assess the Thomas Creek wildfire in Electoral Area D and the potential threat to life and property.

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EOC Update: Rescind Evacuation Order, extend Evacuation Alert for Electoral Area D

The RDOS advises that the Thomas Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order for 77 properties issued on July 11, 2021 has been Rescinded. The area previously under Evacuation Order is now on Evacuation Alert. All 627 properties previously under Evacuation Alert will remain under Evacuation Alert.

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