UPDATE: Vernon ESS Reception Centre hours of operation


(as of August 2 at 7:00 p.m.)

The City of Vernon ESS Reception Centre continues to receive residents who are being evacuated due to the White Rock Lake Fire (#K61884) and are being directed to register in Vernon.

The Reception Centre is located at the Dogwood Gym in the Vernon Recreation Centre (3409 35th Avenue).

The Reception Centre will be available to receive new evacuee registrations until 8:00 p.m. on August 2.

As of August 3, the Reception Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, until further notice.

  • All evacuees should register online with the ESS Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) tool even if you do not require referrals such as housing or other services: ess.gov.bc.ca
  • Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations, please consider making arrangements to stay with family or friends if possible. Take pets with you if you can.
  • If you require services, please visit the Vernon ESS Reception Centre during the hours indicated above.

In the last 24 hours, approximately 320 evacuees have been registered and approximately 60 volunteers have been working at the Reception Centre. The City would like to thank all volunteers and partner agencies who have been part of the Reception Centre operation.

For more information and updates regarding the White Rock Lake Fire and Evacuation Orders and Alerts, please visit the following pages: