Demobilization of equipment continues at White Rock Lake fire

Wave of fire waste expected

UPDATE: 12:05 p.m.

Large amounts of waste are expected as recovery continues for those evacuated by the White Rock Lake wildfire.

With the recent return of evacuees to their homes on the Westside of Okanagan Lake, the North and Central Okanagan regional districts are anticipating large quantities of waste due to loss of power in the area.

That waste will need to be properly managed at solid waste management facilities.

"The White Rock Lake wildfire impacted properties in multiple jurisdictions. Due to space constraints at some of these facilities, the RDNO encourages residents to confirm which regional district they reside in and to take waste requiring disposal to the corresponding landfills and transfer stations in that area," the RDNO says.

The cleanup is expected to include many fridges and freezers that were without power and contain spoiled food.

RDNO Electoral Area B residents must bring waste related to fire recovery to the Greater Vernon Diversion and Disposal Facility on Birnie Road, which has greater capacity than the Armstrong/Spallumcheen facility.

Fire recovery debris, other than household garbage, will not be accepted at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen location.

RDNO diversion and disposal facilities will not accept refrigerators or freezers still containing food waste.

It is the responsibility of the owner to remove the contents and dispose of it separately.

Refrigeration appliances will be decommissioned by a qualified contractor to prevent the release of ozone-depleting substances into the atmosphere, and the scrap metal will be recycled.

RDCO residents are encouraged to utilize the North Westside Road Transfer Station, the Trader’s Cove Transfer Station, Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Centre, or the Glenmore Landfill.

ORIGINAL: 11:45 a.m.

Crews working on the White Rock Lake fire are expected to have the lower Fintry guard demobilized and into full patrol status by end of the day.

The South Birch Creek area will also be put into full patrol status by the end of Friday, the BC Wildfire Service says.

Crews will continue to extinguish hot spots in priority areas between Six Mile Road and the Fintry guard, utilizing infrared scan results.

On the northeast flank, demobilization of gear from the Irish Creek guard took place Wednesday.

Crews will be extinguishing any hotspots 100 feet off the guard, utilizing infrared scan results and will continue to monitor the Ewer Creek control line on both sides of the valley.

Gear retrieval and demobilization is ongoing at the north and west flanks.

Only the Banks Creek drainage area of the fire is not yet controlled. It has yet to burn down to a control line where crews can safely extinguish the fire's edge. It considered held, but there is no threat of further spread.

Stumps and root systems will continue to burn into the winter, and an area restriction remains in place for the fire zone.

All perimeters of the fire continue to be actively monitored or patrolled, BCWS says.

Management of the fire will be handed over to local command on Saturday, and the Vernon fire camp will begin to be demobilized.

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