Saturday, August 19, 2023

Provincial State of Emergency & Travel Restrictions

Provincial State of Emergency:

Emergency order frees up accommodation for evacuees, emergency personnel

To help ensure accommodation is available for critical-response personnel and the tens of thousands of people evacuated due to wildfires, the Province is restricting travel for the purpose of staying in temporary accommodation in several communities in the Okanagan.

“Our Province is facing the worst wildfire season in our history. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and crews on the ground are battling to save people’s homes,” said Premier David Eby. “We’re grateful for everyone who has listened to our call to change plans and not travel in the central Interior and the southeast. But very large numbers of people are evacuated in the Okanagan and we especially need more accommodation there. This order will help ensure we have accommodation available for the people who need it in this time of crisis.”

The Province is introducing a new order under the provincial state of emergency. Under this order, effective today until end of day on Sept. 4, 2023, people may not stay in temporary accommodations for non-essential purposes in several communities. This includes hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels, RV parks, and campgrounds.

This order applies to temporary accommodation in the following cities:

  • Kelowna-West Kelowna;
  • Kamloops;
  • Oliver;
  • Osoyoos;
  • Penticton; and
  • Vernon.

“We’re repeating our call for people to not travel to the central Interior and southeastern B.C. – and we need people to cancel any non-essential travel that takes up accommodation in communities in the Okanagan,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness. “This new order will ensure that accommodation is available for evacuees and critical-response personnel like firefighters and health-care workers. We are working closely with the BC Hotel Association to quickly secure accommodations as they become available and are grateful for the industry’s co-operation in supporting people in our communities.”

The order does not impact travel through to other regions, but the Province is calling on everyone to avoid non-essential travel to the central Interior and southeast to ensure roadways are kept clear for emergency-response operations, including further evacuations. People should check information from the BC Wildfire Service, EmergencyInfoBC and DriveBC before heading out.

Essential travel includes:

  • providing emergency or critical services;
  • travelling for health or medical reasons;
  • transporting essential goods and supplies;
  • attending court or complying with a court order;
  • attending a funeral service;
  • avoiding the risk of abuse or violence;
  • exercising parental responsibilities;
  • attending classes or training; and
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Recording of the August 10th meeting - Ross Moore Lake wildfire.

Here is the recording of the August 10th meeting held at the Lac Le Jeune Nature Resort regarding planned suppression activities for the Ross Moore wildfire.


This is the current information from BC Wildfire Service as of August 11, 2023 at 12:09pm  

Size: which is 7,249.1 hectares 

Stage of Control:
  • Wildfire Of Note - This wildfire is highly visible or poses a potential threat to public safety. 
  • Out of Control - A wildfire that is continuing to spread and is not responding to suppression efforts.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Notice: Public Meeting Regarding Planned Suppression Activities

 Notice: Lac Le Jeune Community Meeting

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), will be hosting a public meeting for residents of Lac Le Jeune on the evening of Thursday, August 10, 2023.

As the main purpose of this meeting, BCWS staff will provide a presentation on upcoming planned suppression activities on the Ross Moore Lake wildfire, including planned ignitions on the southwest flank to eliminate fuel from within the fire’s perimeter.

Staff from the BCWS and the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre will be in attendance and will be able to answer questions from residents.

When: Thursday, August 10, 2023, 6:30 pm

Where: Lac Le Jeune Nature Resort, 5665 Lac Le Jeune Rd

For residents who cannot attend in person, a link to attend the meeting virtually can be provided upon request. If you plan to attend virtually, please email To reduce bandwidth on the livestream, residents who are attending virtually are asked to make sure that their camera is turned off. Please also make sure that your microphone is muted unless you are about to ask a question and are called upon.

For updates about wildfire activity, including the Ross Moore Lake Wildfire, please continue to visit the BC Wildfire Service Wildfires Map.

For more information on emergency notices within the TNRD, and to access the interactive Emergency Map, visit:


Emergency Operations Centre
Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Tel.: 250-377-7188

Thanks for protecting our community

The Ross Moore wildfire has been burning for 3 weeks. We've gone from evacuation alert, to order, then back to alert. We have a lot of people to thank for protecting Lac Le Jeune this far! This poster on our community bulletin board says it perfectly, so thanks also to the individuals who created it.