Wildfire Risk Mitigation and Ecosystem Restoration
The Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District (DOS) has partnered with the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), and BC Timber Sales Okanagan-Columbia (BCTS) to carry out a Wildfire Risk Reduction, Ecosystem Restoration and Habitat Enhancement project in the East Side Road and Ellison Park area. (Map)
It is the intent of the project to establish fuel breaks around communities and recreation facilities on the North East Shore of Okanagan Lake, while enhancing ungulate habitat and restoring ecosystems back to a more natural state.
Click HERE for more information on this project.
A wildfire or wildland fire is a fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or rural area.
Interface fires occur when wildfires cross from forested areas into urban centres.
To learn more,
To prevent and mitigate wildfire damage:
- Home Owners FireSmart Manual (PDF, 3.72MB)
There are three stages of evacuations:
- Evacuation Alert: must be ready to leave on short notice
- Evacuation Order: must leave the area immediately
- Evacuation Rescind: safe to return home
If you evacuate under an evacuation order:
- Report to a designated Reception Centre
- If you are driving, drive calmly, with your lights on, to a designated Reception Centre - obey traffic directions
- After check-in at the Reception Centre, call your contact person and update them
If you have self-evacuated (have not received an evacuation order from your local authority) please contact the Provincial Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456 to receive further directions.
Outdoor air quality issues are regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health makes recommendations on standards, objectives and regulations on outdoor air quality affecting human health
Public education is readily available through a variety of websites and Public Service announcements (PSA) provided through the Ministry of Health. Local government to support the messaging through social media and emergency update capacities.