Communities in South Okanagan and Similkameen have rallied to provide assistance as evacuees are forced to leave their homes due to the threat of wildfires on Keremeos Creek.
In addition to the City of Penticton reception center, which has assisted more than 200 evacuees so far, others in the surrounding area are ramping up their efforts.
Residents of Cawston and Keremeos have opened their gardens to those setting up trailers and campers.
Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens was also on high alert, but welcomed people to use the open spots at the campground.
In an update on August 5, the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District said that while there is great interest in people providing physical donations such as teddy bears and blankets, the system for such items is not yet in place. pointed out.
Instead, RDOS is asking families affected by the fire to donate gift cards or donations to local organizations such as the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team, which are called upon in emergencies to assist displaced residents. increase.
RDOS also reported many small but impactful examples of support from local businesses and volunteers.
The hotel manager stayed until midnight to find, clean and move additional rooms in the hotel for the evacuees.
Business owners returned to help evacuees after the store closed, while ESS team members worked closely with health authorities to help evacuees get emergency medical services.
ALERT Volunteers were open until 11pm to assist Olala evacuees on August 4th. This was due to school district staff opening and closing the school at all times to keep reception centers running.
The cafe donated coffee to all ESS volunteers.
Members of the ESS team also returned to their second shift during the day when Olala was evacuated.
Working with the BC Wildfire Service and Fire Department, other members of the community remained in locations such as Cedar Creek to help fight fires that approached the facility.
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Communities rally to help Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuees
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