RDCO Board Chair and Electoral Area Director statements on White Rock Lake wildfire

August 17, 2021

RDCO Board Chair and Electoral Area Director statements on White Rock Lake wildfire

Regional Board Chair Gail Given and Electoral Area West Director Wayne Carson know this has been an extraordinarily tough day for many residents who live in the neighbourhoods of the North Westside including Killiney Beach, Estamont, Aspen Shores, Summersands, Attenborough Road and Ewings Landing.

Following an initial assessment of the areas that sustained significant damage in the White Rock Lake Wildfire, staff with the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre began contacting property owners this morning, letting them know their property status including those facing a complete loss.

“This summer’s aggressive fire behaviour is like nothing we’ve seen before. White Rock Lake Wildfire currently sits at more than 78,000 hectares and remains out of control.” said Chair Given. “In spite of the heroic efforts of our North Westside Fire Department, BC Wildfire and other partners, the blaze took about 70 structures. With over 1463 properties evacuated, I am grateful that no lives have been lost and that the dedicated crews managed to protect so many other structures.”

The area is still under an Evacuation Order, with fire activity reduced somewhat by last night’s rain. Although many residents have expressed the desire to get back into their neigbourhoods, this can not be permitted until fire conditions make it safe to do so.

“This has been one of the saddest days we’ve faced together in our community. Our thoughts are with the residents that have lost homes and property,” said Director Carson. “I’ve talked with many of the residents who got the news today. They are figuring out next steps. We’ll be here to help and we hope as they move forward in the days and weeks ahead, that their family and friends will be there to support them too.”

Director Carson, who is also out of his home due to the wildfire evacuation adds, “we know how difficult this is for those still out of their homes, but we’re going to ask everyone for patience to make it safe enough to get everyone home without injuries.”

A detailed map showing the present status of Orders and Alerts affecting properties within the RDCO is at cordemergency.ca/map. Residents that are on Evacuation Alert and Order are reminded to sign up for updates at cordemergency.ca.

Those who are evacuated and concerned about their homes in the neighbourhoods listed above can also register with Emergency Support Services to make sure that officials have their contact information if needed. This can be done by registering online at https://ess.gov.bc.ca or calling 1-833-498-3770.


Regional Board Chair Gail Given


 Electoral Area West Director Wayne Carson


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