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Okanagan Fires FAQ’s

Okanagan Fires FAQ’s 

Current Conditions 

Penticton, Okanagan Lake Beach
July 20, 2018 at 10:00am

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What’s the air quality like?

Find the current and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health. 

What are the road conditions like?

For updates on closure of all local highways – 

Are your local businesses and wineries still open?

Yes, our businesses and wineries are open. Please contact our Visitor Information Centre if you have any further questions at 250-276-2170.

Do you have accommodations available in Penticton?

It is a busy time of year in Penticton, but we do still have rooms available. Please contact our Visitor Information Centre for assistance on locating rooms available at 250-276-2170. You can also visit our website at for a full list of accommodations in the area. 

Is the KVR Trail open?

According to the RDOS Information Release, as a precaution, the KVR Trail from Bathville Road in Summerland to Kettle Place in Faulder, is closed effective immediately. The KVR Trail between Little Tunnel and Chute Lake is also closed until further notice.

Where can I find information on active provincial emergencies? 

Emergency Info BC is active during partial and full-scale provincial emergencies, both on this site and on Twitter via @EmergencyInfoBC. We share official response and recovery sources, as well as verified event information from trusted partners.

Where are the Emergency Social Services Reception Centres located?

An Emergency Social Services Reception Centre is open at Memorial Arena located at 399 Power Street in Penticton. Group lodging is open. The Reception Centre is open until 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 19 and open at 9:00 am on Friday, July 20.

All affected people within the Evacuation Order area have been asked to leave immediately and register at the Reception Centre. Approximately 200 people have registered with the Reception Centre. Evacuees electing not to utilize Emergency Social Services are still requested to register. Please call 250-328-8749 to advise support service personnel.

A Reception Centre in Summerland is open until 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 19 and open from 8:00 am to noon. The Reception Centre is located at the Summerland Arena Complex & Curling Club (8820 Jubilee Road East).

A Reception Centre in West Kelowna is open and will assist evacuees from other areas including the RDOS. The Reception Centre is located at the Lake View Heights Baptist Church, 2630 Alhambra Drive, West Kelowna.

Where can I find information for residents affected by wildfires?

Emergency Info BC offers information on Evacuation Orders, Alerts and Rescinds.

Wildfires are occurring in parts of BC. For the most current information visit your community or regional district website linked below: 

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