McDougall Creek Wildfire Updates

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McDougall Creek Wildfire Updates

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Update September 28, 2023

Westside Road is now fully open in both direction, all lanes.

Please note that Shaw service is still not available at La Casa, and we do not yet know when they will be restored. Amenities at the resort are open at this time, including the beach, marina, lower pool, hot tub, and activity area. The pools and hot tubs will close, as usual, after Thanksgiving.

Update September 15, 2023

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says Westside Road is now open.

While the road is open again, drivers should expect delays as a section of the road between Raymer Bay Regional Park and Bear Creek Provincial Park, which will be single lane alternating traffic.

Update September 12, 2023

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service and the Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Rescue, is rescinding the evacuation alerts for La Casa and the area north of the resort.

La Casa is no longer under evacuation order or alert.

Please be reminded that you must access Westside Road from Hwy. 97 via the north through Okanagan Indian Band and are reminded to be patient and slow down. The speed limit throughout OKIB IR#1 along Westside Road is 60km. 

Drivers should also be advised that OKIB IR#1 is open range land and to be aware of potential livestock on roads, as well as wildlife.

Motorists should also be aware that Westside Road is still closed south of La Casa due to fire activity and damage further south along Westside Road. The next update on the road closure will be on September 15th, 2023.

Please note that Shaw service is still not available at La Casa, and we do not yet know when they will be restored. Amenities at the resort are open at this time, including the beach, marina, lower pool, hot tub, and activity area.

Update August 28, 2023

Evacuation order and travel ban rescinded for La Casa

Properties north of Terrace Mountain Road along Westside Road, including La Casa up to and including Fintry Provincial Park in the Regional District Electoral Area West, can return to their homes under Evacuation Alert status.

Returning residents must access Westside Road from Hwy. 97 via the north through Okanagan Indian Band and are reminded to be patient and slow down. The speed limit throughout OKIB IR#1 along Westside Road is 60km. 

As school is still out, please watch for children throughout residential areas. Drivers should also be advised that OKIB IR#1 is open range land and to be aware of potential livestock on roads, as well as wildlife.

Motorists should also be aware that Westside Road is still closed south of La Casa due to fire activity and damage further south along Westside Road.

Residents of properties on evacuation alert must continue to be prepared to leave their properties at a moment’s notice and be away from home for an extended period.

Residents are encouraged to check the map before heading home to confirm the status of their property. View the up-to-date evacuation order and alert areas on cordemergency.ca/map.

For the safety of the public and fire crews still working in the area, please do not enter naturalized areas. There are still locations where active firefighting is underway and dangers like downed power lines, hazardous materials, damaged trees, debris and equipment pose a safety risk.

Please note that at this time, Shaw service is not available at La Casa, and we do not yet know when they will be restored. Additionally, the onsite pool and hot tubs are not available, as they will need to be maintained. When we have more information from the strata regarding onsite amenities, we will update this page.

Update August 23, 2024:

Travel Restrictions

In a Statement issued Tuesday, August 22nd, Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, announced the Emergency Order restricting non-essential use of temporary accommodations will be lifted effective Wednesday, August 23rd for:

  • Kelowna
  • Kamloops
  • Oliver
  • Osoyoos
  • Penticton
  • Vernon

Restrictions will remain in place for West Kelowna, where non-essential travel for the purpose of staying in temporary accommodation, including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels, RV parks and campgrounds, remains prohibited.

This restriction will support access to accommodations for evacuees and personnel providing emergency and critical services.

The public is asked to avoid non-essential travel to areas impacted by wildfires. Roadways must remain clear for emergency response operations.

What is essential travel?

Essential travel activities include:

  • providing emergency or critical services
  • sheltering for evacuees
  • travelling for health or medical reasons
  • transporting essential goods and supplies
  • attending court or complying with a court order
  • attending a funeral service
  • avoiding the risk of abuse or violence
  • exercising parental responsibilities
  • moving or assisting with moving to a different principal residence
  • carrying out a temporary work-related purpose, including volunteer work
  • attending classes or training
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right

August 18, 2023

La Casa Cottages is included in the evacuation order due to the McDougall Creek wildfire.

Closures on Westside Road remain in place and there is no access to the resort at this time.

Please check Central Okanagan Emergency Operations map for up to date info on evacuation alerts and orders.

For up to date road closure information please check DriveBC.ca

If you have an upcoming reservation we recommend you to get in touch with us via email, as our staff have been evacuated and our communication abilities at this time are limited.

We will issue future stay credits to all impacted guests on a day-by-day basis, as this is an evolving situation. Please bear with us as it may take us some time to respond to all guest requests, and to get credits issued. If you have any questions you would like to direct to us, please email as this will be the easiest form of communication at this time. We are responding to all inquiries in order of urgency, but rest assured we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

We thank you all for your patience and understanding, as our number one priority currently is to ensure the safety of all our onsite guests and staff.

 

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