Okanagan Mountain Fire Watch

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School Updates   Cancelled Events & Closures

   Events Relocated/Rescheduled/Not Cancelled   Fire Fundraisers

School Updates
School District 23 Students started school Tuesday September 2nd. See Press Release.  Schools currently under Evacuation Alert are functioning as normal.

Okanagan Montessori Elementary and Preschool, on East Kelowna Road, remains on evacuation alert. Please check the school message if you are in doubt about our status. School started on Monday, Sept. 8, with a regular full day for elementary and all-day kg. children, 8:30-3:30. For returning preschool children, school started at 8:30, and 12:30 on Tues., Sept. 9.  Buses will remain onsite in case of an Evacuation Order. Children will be evacuated to a location which will be disclosed to parents as they arrive at school this week. Families needing assistance in this stressful time, please contact the school, at 860-1165. Many are offering help. Our families and staff extend sympathy and concern concern for all people affected in any way by the fire.

Waldorf School students and parents - The 2003/04 school year has been delayed due to the Okanagan Mountain Park fire as the school was located in the evacuated area. Classes for Pre-school, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 - 8 at the Collett Road location started on Monday September 8th.  Pre-school classes at the Cameron house location also began September 8th.  For more information and/or further updates please call the school at (250) 764-4130 for a recorded message or check the school web site at: http://www.kelownawaldorfschool.com

Central Okanagan Academy requests that ALL families with enrolled children check their website immediately to get the latest information regarding the start of the school term.  Families of COA students in need of any assistance should feel free to call the school on (250) 764 1311. The school office is observing regular business hours.


Cancelled Events & Closures

  • The Parkinson Recreation Center Pool will resume operation on September 22nd. A mechanical problem has necessitated closure of the pool until repairs can be made.
  • The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is no longer running due to extreme fire hazard.
  • Sea Cadets are scheduled for Sept 3rd to be at the Armoires for their first night back. Cadets will remain in Stand Down until the end of Sept or until further notice. The Armoires is in use at this time.
  • Navy League Cadets are scheduled for Sept 5th to be at the Armoires for their first night back. Cadets will remain in Stand Down until the end of Sept or until further notice. The Armoires is in use at this time.
  • Until further notice, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) of Kelowna will cease all normal activities.  CHBA-Kelowna and its staff will be directing all of our resources to assist members who have had their business operations disrupted by the Kelowna fire and evacuation.  Members who need assistance are encouraged to use our office for phone calls, faxes, computer and internet access.

  • The BC SPCA-Kelowna Branch is postponing its annual Wiggle Waggle Walk due to the fire situation in Kelowna. The new date of the event will be announced as soon as possible.


Events Relocated / Rescheduled or not Cancelled

  • Okanagan Sun Home Opener has been postponed to October 10th.
  • Due to the Okanagan Mountain Park fire, the deadline for the Tommie Award entries has been extended from September 3rd, 2003 to September 29th, 2003 at 4:00 p.m.

  • The National Convenience Store Distributors Association has decide not to cancel its convention in Kelowna, September 13 to 16 to show their support for the people and economy of the Okanagan Valley. 

  • The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) has decided to continue with its plans to host its Okanagan Charity Dinner and Auction in Kelowna, BC, on Thursday, September 18, 2003. The majority of the proceeds will be dedicated to restoring natural areas impacted by forest fires in the Central Okanagan region.


Fire Fundraisers


Splat on the Wall, an AC/DC Tribute Band will be performing at the FireStock 2003 Benefit Concert at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds on Sept 20, starting at 4:00pm. This Concert is to support all the firefighters and families in the trouble zones of BC. Visit www.kubilius.com for more details.

Kinship has joined together with some local businesses in the Okanagan, to try help raise money for the victims of the recent fire. Kinship's third album entitled "Boneshaker" will be sold out of various businesses leading up to and during their CD release party on Friday, Sept 26th. All proceeds from the first 100 albums will be donated to the fire relief fund.


Modern Dog, the lifestyle magazine for urban dogs and their companions, wants to help provide much-needed financial assistance to the Kelowna SPCA in this time of crisis.  For each new subscription order we receive we’ll donate $5 to Kelowna SPCA.  Simply call the Modern Dog circulation department at 1.800.417.6289 and tell them you want your subscription to support the Kelowna SPCA rescue efforts. Thank you for your support! For more information, please see www.moderndog.ca.  A one year subscription is $18.

Readers Digest will donate 40% of the subscriptions made to the Okanagan Fire Relief Fund for hundreds of magazines that are renewed online through the www.acromedia.ca Web site. Acro Media is providing all donations to the Salvation Army fire relief efforts here in Kelowna.


For every bag of clothing brought in for donation to Big Brothers and Big sisters, Value Village is giving $1.00 per bag to the Red Cross fire relief fund here in Kelowna. Contact Darren Allaby at 491-1356 for more information.

Eachanoriginal, a local magnet and greeting card manufacturer, has created a special line of hand-painted 'yellow ribbon' fridge magnets in order to raise money for the fire relief fund. The magnets are available currently at Blue Ginger gift store at 2903 Pandosy St, and the Laughing Moon Gallery on Lakeshore Road. They will sell for $3.50 and 100% of the profit will be donated to the fire relief fund.


Free Workshop on "Helping Children Deal with Loss" September 29th.  The Kelowna Child Care Society, CATCH and Wood Lake Books are pleased to present this workshop by Dr. Nancy Reeves, a clinical psychologist and author from Victoria, BC. This is particularly relevant for those seeking healing after the firestorm.  Click for details (PDF 98K). 

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Tourism Kelowna is assuring tourists and travel industry representatives that there have been very few cancellations or alterations to fall tour packages, special events or festival schedules as a result of the Okanagan Mountain Fire.  Click here for more details.  (September  8 - 7:39 pm)


Important Phone Numbers

Public Information Line 868-2632

Report a Fire 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell to Forestry Officials

Red Cross Assistance 763-1859 ext. 215

Provincial Emergency Information Line 1-800-311-7044

Terasen Gas 1-877-711-8877

Black Mountain Irrigation District 765-5169

Wildlife problem 1-800-663-9453

Ambulance  860-0054 if 911 is busy



Agency Links

City of Kelowna Emergency Bulletins
Interior Health
Provincial Emergency Program
CORD Regional Emergency Plan
BC Forests Wild Fires
RCMP News Releases
Kelowna Weather
Air Quality Index

Find your water provider  Black Mountain Irrigation
Federal Disaster Relief
Terasen Gas
Highway Report
DND - Operation Peregrine



Okanagan Fire Recovery Centre

520 Bernard Avenue  (next to the old Royal Bank building)

open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday

• 868-2632

Services in the Okanagan Fire Recovery Centre include:
• Damage assessment
• Agency referral
• Demolition permit information
• Building permit information
• Sewer connection and septic tank permit information


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