Date: Monday, September 1, 2003
Time: 9:00 a.m.
PUBLIC INFO LINE: 869-0386
PRC RECEPTION CENTRE: 762-8646
RED CROSS INFO LINE RE EVACUEES: 1-888-350-6070
PROVINCIAL INFO LINE: 1-800-311-7044
FIRE POSED NO THREAT TO CITY OF KELOWNA
Although the Okanagan Park Fire grew more than 130 hectares to the east overnight, it did not pose a threat to the City of Kelowna. Firefighting crews continue to battle the blaze well away from the City.
PUBLIC ASKED TO STAY AWAY FROM FIRE-IMPACTED AREAS
Firefighters continue to work extinguishing fires and making areas safe. To do so, they require easy access to roads. The Kelowna Fire Department, RCMP and Military and BC Forest Service firefighters request the public to stay away from the fire impacted areas. Everyone is reminded that penalties up to $5,000 and/or six months imprisonment may be imposed for interfering with fire control or suppression operations.
Areas of greatest concern are Chute Lake Road, June Springs Road and South Lakeshore Road. The RCMP will set setting up road blocks and redirecting traffic in these areas.
DAY RE-ENTRY FOR JUNE SPRINGS RESIDENTS
The residents who live outside the City's eastern boundary at the south end of June Springs Road will be permitted to return to return to their homes today between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Proof of residency will be required at the RCMP road checks. The approximate 70 residents of this area remain on Evacuation Order.