RDNO available for emergency

Two directors given the authority to declare a state of emergency in the five electoral areas.

With wildfires burning all around, the Regional District of North Okanagan isn’t taking any chances.

In case chairperson Rick Fairbairn is unavailable, vice-chairperson Kevin Acton and director Bob Fleming have been given the authority to declare a state of emergency in the five electoral areas.

“We’re hoping that all of the preparations are unnecessary and nothing happens,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer.

While major fires have broken out in neighbouring regional districts, the only recent one within RDNO was a blaze on Tillicum Road Tuesday.

It was quickly brought under control by the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department and the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Because of ongoing dry conditions and the possibility of fires, RDNO has updated its website on any blazes locally and within adjacent regional districts.

“We want people to find that information easily,” said Rob Smailes, planning and building general manager.

“We will try to keep it as live as we can if events occur.”

For information, go to www.rdno.ca/index.php/news/announcements/local-wildfire-information.