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Based on the recommendations of BC Wildfire, the Township of Spallumcheen has reduced the area that is under an evacuation alert on August 23, 2021 at 15:15 hrs. Please see updated evacuation alert area information below.

BC Wildfire has a 3,000 ha planned ignition scheduled for later this week. Please note that you will likely see significant smoke when this planned ignition begins. With the significant smoke in the atmosphere, air quality may be a concern. We ask you to monitor air quality in the North Okanagan and plan your activities accordingly. Air Quality updates are available at the Environment Canada website. The Township will continue to do our best to update you on information about any planned ignitions as the information becomes available.

BC Wildfire has indicated White Rock Lake fire is consuming deep burning fuels which are persistent throughout the east flank of the fire. Deep burning fuels make it extremely difficult to bring a fire to full extinguishment. As such they have advised that the planned ignitions are the most favourable tactic to gain control while also maintaining an appropriate safety margin for firefighters.

Some of the things that residents can do are:

  • Avoid use of back country areas. The Township asks that everyone stay alert to signs of fire and report any signs of wildfire in back country areas to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.
  • Make sure that you are prepared for quickly changing situations by having an emergency plan and be prepared to leave your home or business with short notice. If you have not already done so, please review resources on our Emergency Information page regarding what to do to prepare for an evacuation and what to pack in your 72 hour grab and go bag.

EVACUATION ALERT AREA IN EFFECT

The next scheduled update for the Township of Spallumcheen is on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 16:00 hrs.

Full Press Release can be viewed here.