As of Friday afternoon, the Keremeos Creek wildfire situated 20 km outside of Penticton has forced over 1,600 properties into either an evacuation alert or order.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has set up an Emergency Support Service’s reception centre at the Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton, where over 300 registrations have come through in need of support.
“That can range from accommodations, to support with food, help with mental health and family reunification, as well as just providing information as we learn about the fire and the incident and passing that along to evacuees as well,” explains Adam Goodwin, ESS coordinator.
Goodwin added that the community of Penticton and surrounding areas has gone above and beyond for those displaced from their homes.
“We’ve had members of the public donate a variety of gift cards that we can distribute to evacuees as well as local businesses that are partners with the Emergency Support Services, so restaurants, hotels and things like that have gone out of their way to add capacity,” said Goodwin.