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Vernon asks residents to plan ahead in event of evacuation due to lack of hotel space

The White Rock Creek wildfire near Monte Lake, Aug. 5, 2021.
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August 06, 2021 - 3:00 PM

The City of Vernon is asking residents to create accommodation plans due to a lack of space in hotels as it continues to assist wildfire evacuees who have been displaced due to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

Residents are being encouraged to plan ahead if they are under an evacuation alert and to evacuate in the event of an evacuation order, according to the city's press release.

The wildfire is currently blazing out of control in the North Okanagan near Highway 97 and is currently mapped at 45,000 hectares in size. Multiple evacuation orders and alerts are in effect from the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

READ MORE: Wildfire destroys homes, Monte Lake general store

"It is being strongly recommended that residents not rely on the vacancy of commercial accommodations such as hotels and motels in the event of an evacuation. While spaces are available, they are very limited," according to the city. 

Creating alternative accommodation plans such as staying with family, friends or at public campsites can alleviate some stress brought on by an evacuation order, according to the city. Wood Lake RV Park in Lake Country is currently offering sites for evacuees. The park can be reached at 1-855-766-1881.

More information on how to prepare in the event of an evacuation can be found on the city's website.

The Vernon ESS Reception Centre is located at the Dogwood Gym in the Vernon Recreation Centre at 3409 35 Ave.

All evacuees should register online with the ESS Evacuee Registration and Assistance tool even if you do not require referrals such as housing or other services.

 


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