Date: Monday September 8, 2003
Time: 3:00 p.m.
PRC RECEPTION CENTRE: 762-5361
PUBLIC INFORMATION LINE: 869-0386
RECOVERY CENTRE OFFICE: 868-2632
EMERGENCY SOCIAL SERVICES (EOC): 868-2605
BC FOREST SERVICE FIRE INFORMATION: 1 888 336-7378
NATURAL HAZARDS AND RECOVERY ASSESSMENT
As residents begin the process of rebuilding homes destroyed by the Okanagan Mountain Park fire, a number of environmental issues must be addressed.
Significant changes occur to the natural environment with a fire of this magnitude and slope stability is one area of concern that must be examined. This will include:
The City of Kelowna has retained Dobson Engineering to assess the risks and recommend remediation strategies. Initial assessment work will focus on identifying risks to existing structures and the risks associated with rebuilding fire-damaged homes.
The City intends to work closely and cooperatively with the Ministry of Forests and other external agencies to formulate a joint recovery plan for the entire fire damaged area. It may take five years before the environment has stabilized.