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  • Writer's pictureRiley Gettens

Skaha Creek Fire - Updates

INFORMATION RELEASE Monday, August 30, 2021 1:30 pm EOC Update: RDOS is monitoring Skaha Creek Fire ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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. For up to date wildfire information, visit the BC Wildfire website.

PIB has activiated its Emergency Operations Centre to respond to this event and will provide the most current community information on its social media channels: Facebook: sn’pinktn eoc Twitter: @PibEoc Instagram: @pibeoc

The RDOS EOC will continue to support PIB and the City of Penticton by sharing information about the Skaha Creek wildfire as it becomes available. View the PIB EOC information release issued August 30, 2021.


21 08 30 - Sharing my update on the Skaha Creek Fire

BC Wildfire Services (BCWS) has indicated the fire will be looked after by the Okanagan Complex IMT starting tomorrow.

There are no homes or structures impacted at this time, and there has been no recommendation for Alerts or Orders at this time. Skaha Hills is the closest community to the fire, and PIB has a strong evacuation plan and they have done a cursory scan of rooms in the area. IH and FNHA are checking their registries for patients with care plans to start planning for an evacuation if needed, and they will follow their process to provide support.

Fire Dispatch was getting an increased number of concerned calls, and they are directing people to look for information on BCWS social media pages, and the RDOS.

For reliable and current information:

Take care and check in on one another. As always, have your emergency bag ready, car(s) filled w gas, pets prepared. There is no immediate threat from the Skaha Creek fire but it is just good practice. Also know that there is a large and interconnected team at the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre. Lots of expert eyes on this who will keep us all posted if the situation escalates.

Thank you, Riley

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30 ago 2021

Your post is very re-assuring Riley and thank you so much for reaching out. However, staff at the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre should have posted something yesterday - it had the appearance of no one bothering because it was Sunday.

There was no mention on the RDOS website of who was monitoring the community's needs on this fire and yesterday was hard - the flames were fanned by the wind and many of us could see the effects from our homes with increased smoke and eventually flames last evening. Very unnerving.

I dug around the internet long enough to find out that the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) had activated its Emergency Operations Centre and was monitoring the fire, not RDOS…

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