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Wildfire evacuees asked to re-register

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Initial results of the ongoing hazard assessment within Seclusion Bay Interface Fire zone indicate that the Evacuation Order will remain in place until further notice. As a result, evacuees are asked to re-register with Emergency Social Services on Thursday, July 15th for continuing assistance.

Evacuees will be offered an opportunity for controlled temporary, escorted access to the evacuation area on July 15th to obtain personal effects and belongings.

Transportation to the site will be provided to evacuees requiring it.

Information on the temporary re-entry and re-registration with Emergency Social Services will be provided at:

9 a.m.
Comfort Inn
1655 Westgate Road
West Kelowna, BC

Representatives from the Emergency Operations Centre and Fire and Rescue will be on hand to provide information on the re-entry procedure and to answer any questions residents may have about the ongoing emergency response.

While excellent progress has been made regarding the fire itself, the next phase of work involves reducing risks within the Evacuation area to ensure public safety before the Evacuation Order can be rescinded and people are allowed back into the area.

Critical infrastructure has been damaged and requires extensive repair. As well, in order to make the area safe, hazard trees, rocks and slope stability must first be assessed and actions taken to mitigate the hazards.

Compounding the problem is the steep, rocky terrain and the condition of the narrow single, access road to the Seclusion Bay Resort and private properties below Highway 97.

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