News Release No. 40                    

Date:   Wednesday, August 27, 2003  

Time:   6:00 a.m.


PUBLIC INFO LINE:                                          869-0386

PRC RECEPTION CENTRE:                            762-8646


PROVINCIAL INFO LINE:                                 1-800-311-7044



South westerly winds flared fires on Tuesday evening but quietened through the night. Structural fire fighting crews continued to mop up spot fires in the Rim Rock and June Springs areas.


Emergency Operations Center and City officials are continuing to develop a recovery plan for the areas impacted by the Okanagan Mountain Park fire, and it is anticipated that residents will soon be permitted to return to their homes.


Aquila and Teresen Gas crews are working to secure utilities and restore services to the damaged areas. City crews will be removing dangerous trees on public property and placing warnings on private property where numerous hazards such as burned out trees, remaining structural components and ash pits may exist.


Residents who have been impacted by the Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park forest fire are invited to an information forum on Thursday August 28th, from 12 noon through 8 pm in the Concourse of Skyreach Place, 1223 Water Street.  The session is open to all property owners who were affected by the fire.


Representatives from various departments of the City of Kelowna and Regional District of Central Okanagan will be on hand, along with organizations such as the Interior Health Authority, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, local utilities and social agencies to answer residentsí questions.