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Lake levels continue to rise to historic highs

500,000 additional sandbags on their way As of Monday (June 5) morning, the level of Okanagan Lake was 343.246 m, exceeds historic highs. Local government crews and BC Forestry crews have been deployed to inspect existing barriers after last night’s high winds, review protection in vulnerable areas and make all required adjustments. The Emergency Operations Centre will be using a lake level of 343.5 metres as a planning number for analyzing flood protection measures and residents in impacted areas are advised to do the same. Residents should also ensure protective measures include an additional buffer for wave action. Although the snowpack...

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Severe thunderstorm watch for Central Okanagan, increased lake level predictions

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and South Okanagan with conditions favourable to thunderstorms, strong winds, hail and heavy rain.  This afternoon the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre received an updated provincial forecast indicating Okanagan Lake levels could increase another 10 cms from today’s level of 343.15 m. With snow remaining at higher mountain elevations, Okanagan Lake is predicted to peak mid-June. Mission Creek levels are also expected to continue to rise and residents are advised to prepare for increased levels. Latest forecasts show between 5 to 10 mm of rain...

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More out-of-province fire personnel heading to BC

As wildfire activity continues to increase throughout the province, the Wildfire Management Branch welcomed over 220 additional fire personnel on Friday and Saturday. One 19-person Incident Management Team, 40 sustained action firefighters and about 30 support staff from Ontario arrived in Kelowna last Friday. Forty sustained action firefighters and three support staff from Quebec arrived in Prince George, plus another 80 sustained action firefighters and about 10 more support staff from Ontario. These resources join more than 1,600 provincial staff, over 930 B.C. contractors and about 100 out-of-province personnel already engaged in fire response efforts. The incoming personnel are in...

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Fire risk: Dilworth Mountain Park closed in Kelowna

The Dilworth Mountain Park off of Chilcotin Crescent will be closed to the public immediately due to an extremely high fire hazard. Dilworth Mountain Park consists of the natural areas surrounding the neighbourhoods along Dilworth Drive and Summit Road. “The Okanagan has been experiencing steady hot weather the past several weeks and our parks, especially the natural ones, are becoming extremely dry,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “Currently, the risk of grass fires is high and we need to reduce the potential for any type of ignition at this time.” City staff will continue to monitor the situation...

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Fire update: Evacuation Order remains in effect

An Evacuation Order remains in effect for Smith Creek, Tallus Ridge, Alexandria Way and Shannon Woods neighbourhoods. In total, an estimated 2,500 residents from approximately 1,100 homes are evacuated. Another 151 residents remain on Evacuation Alert on Lenz Road, including Pinewood Villa Mobile Home Park and from 1898 to 2515 Bartley Road. No change in the status of the fire has been reported since Friday night. The BC Wildfire Management Branch is due to issue an update at 10 a.m. The branch last estimated the fire size at 250-hectares on Friday evening before night fell. At that time the...

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