The town of Osoyoos is open for business and welcoming vacationers, said the mayor.
But know before you go, said Sue McKortoff.
Visitors to the community should be prepared in the event of an emergency, she said. The Nk’Mip Creek wildfire is still active in the area although several campgrounds and Spirit Ridge Resort have opened back up since being evacuated.
“I’m pleased that 150 firefighters from outside the country and across Canada are here to help fight this fire,” said McKortoff on Monday.
A tent city to host firefighters is being set up in the infield of Desert Park in Osoyoos, said McKortoff. BC Wildfire’s Incident Management Team will also be set up from the park.
“These firefighters will be with us for three to four weeks. We are very happy to have them here.”
Nk’Mip campgrounds and Spirit Ridge have invited guests and residents back in after being evacuated from the Nk’Mip fire last week. Motels and hotels in town are also currently open.
Visitors to Osoyoos are encouraged to prepare in advance:
• Have a backup plan should roads close, or power be lost
• Check DriveBC as roads are subject to closure due to the current wildfire situation affecting Highways 3, 5 and 97
• Consider preparing an emergency ‘Grab and Go Kit’
• Be prepared to leave if required — Emergency Social Services offers assistance to residents subject to an evacuation order. Tourists who are able to leave are not eligible for assistance
Boaters are encouraged to stay off Osoyoos Lake, as there are aircraft working on and around the lake providing firefighting operations support.
Desert Sunrise Marina remains closed for boat launching until further notice.
Visit the BC Wildfire Dashboard to ensure the area you are traveling through is safe.
Check with your hotel before departing and visit Destination Osoyoos for updates on what’s open in Osoyoos.
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