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RCMP officers from across B.C. deployed to North Okanagan to assist with wildfire efforts

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August 07, 2021 - 1:00 PM

Additional RCMP officers from across B.C. have been deployed to support police operations and wildfire efforts in the North Okanagan.

The B.C. RCMP’s Division Emergency Operations Centre, which provides necessary resources and operational support to detachments affected by wildfires, has deployed additional officers to the White Rock Lake wildfire efforts.

These officers are responding to all fire-related scenarios including patrolling evacuated neighbourhoods, assisting with safe evacuation, and regular policing duties, according to the RCMP in a news release.

The wildfire has caused the closure of Highway 97, destroyed multiple homes and structures in the Monte Lake area and is currently burning out of control at 55,000 hectares.

READ MORE: Wildfire destroys homes, Monte Lake general store

"We want to reassure you that your safety remains a priority for us," said Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, in the news release. "We understand that this is a very stressful time for everyone affected and those who have been evacuated are concerned for the security of their homes and properties."

For up to date information on current evacuation orders, the RCMP is encouraging residents to contact their local municipality or regional district.

Evacuees can register online through the B.C. Provincial ESS website.

Wood Lake RV Park in Lake Country is offering emergency accommodations to wildfire evacuees. Call 1-855-766-1881 to book a site.

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