North Westside transfer station will remain open longer to assist residents affected by the wildfire

Cleaning up after wildfire

The North Westside transfer station will operate with expanded hours as residents affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire continue to return home.

The transfer station will be open daily from 8 a.m. until noon only for RDCO residents, property owners and tenants.

"Extended hours are designed to give residents additional access to the facility and support clean up and recovery work," the RDCO said in a news release.

"To accommodate the extra material at the site, the transfer station will be closed each afternoon to deal with the influx of waste and make space for the following day. The facility will return to normal operating hours Oct. 1.

The regional district is not placing any restrictions on how much bagged household waste and non-burnt yard waste households impacted by the fire can dispose of.

Larger household items including furniture, large appliances, building materials, hazardous material, demolition waste and burnt vehicles are not being accepted.

Fridge and freezer collection
In an effort to reduce wildlife conflicts in neighbourhoods, resident should not put fridges or freezers outside until just before scheduled collection time. Residents should confirm with their insurer before disposing of fridges or freezers because once collected, they cannot be returned. Curbside pick-up of ruined fridges and freezers will be available until Sept. 14. For fridge and freezer collection, call 1-855-238-9350 to schedule a curbside pick-up.

Hazard information
Residents are reminded that private and public lands within the wildfire area will have remaining hazards to people and pets. Watch for wildlife, hazard trees, spot fires and debris and stay clear of any ongoing wildfire suppression activities.

The Rapid Assessment Team has inspected more than 340 structures for occupancy suitability and placed placards on those that they have assessed: green – minor to no fire damage, orange – restricted use, and red – unsafe. Please follow the notes that the assessors have provided on the signs.

Property owners should work with their insurers to resolve remaining hazards and begin the recovery, mitigation and rebuilding process for private structures and properties.

Animal pick-up
Residents with animals in the care of ALERT, call 250-809-7152 or CDART, call 250-809-9589 to arrange pick-up.

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