News Release No. 68            

Date:   Wednesday September 3, 2003       

Time:   1:00 p.m.

 

RECOVERY CENTRE INFO LINES:                        869-0386

                                                                                      868-2632

                                                                                      868-2605

BC FOREST SERVICE FIRE INFORMATION:      1 888 336-7378

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DAY RE-ENTRY FOR JUNE SPRINGS RESIDENTS
Residents who live outside the Cityís eastern boundary at the south end of June Springs Road will be permitted to return to return to their homes today until 5:00 p.m. Proof of residency will be required at the RCMP road checks. The approximate 70 residents of this area remain on Evacuation Order due to the threat of the Okanagan Mountain Park forest fire.

PUBLIC SAFETY REMINDER
The public is asked to stay out of fire-impacted Crown land and open space private property. Joggers, bikers, hikers and walkers should not be in these areas at any time. Danger trees and deep ash pits pose a significant threat to public safety. Many trees may look healthy but their root structures and trunks could be burned through, rendering them extremely unstable and susceptible to falling at a momentís notice. Ash pits five feet deep exist and these pits are not easily discernable.

Firefighters continue to work extinguishing fires and hot spots. The public is asked to contact the Fire Department if they notice any flare ups in their neighbourhood. Call 860-6419.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL
Property owners cleaning up after the Okanagan Mountain Park fire are asked to avoid leaving garbage and debris at the corner of Barnaby and Lakeshore Roads. While a dumpster has been available at this site for fire fighting crews, it has now been removed and there is no garbage collection from this area.