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200 firefighters set up camp at Kin Race Track in Vernon

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August 03, 2021 - 2:00 PM

For the next four to six weeks, BC Wildfire crews will be a fixture behind Kal Tire Place as they move in and out of a camp set up on the former Kin Race Track lands.

"The North Okanagan Complex fire camp will be a base of operations for approximately 200 firefighters and support staff responding to wildfires in the North Okanagan, including the White Rock Lake wildfire," the City of Vernon said in a press release.

"The BC Wildfire Service sets up camps where they are needed to house and feed firefighting personnel and support staff through the duration of an incident. The fire camp provides tent sites for firefighters, kitchen facilities, shower and washroom facilities, warehousing, and incident management offices."

Fire camps are active worksites and access is limited to BC Wildfire Service personnel and approved visitors only.

Members of the public are asked not to use the Kin Race Track area while camp operations are in place, and to respect the privacy of those who will be calling the fire camp home while they get their much-needed rest.

With continued hot and dry conditions, a provincewide fire ban remains in place and campfires are prohibited within Vernon’s municipal boundary. Everyone is encouraged to remain vigilant and practice safe behaviours when spending time outdoors.

To report a fire within the municipal boundary, call 911 immediately. To report a wildfire, call the BC Wildfire Service at 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

 


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