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Message from Mayor Ireland Sept 5

Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2023 10:26 AM

Great news Lake Country: as of Tuesday morning, all Lake Country properties will be removed from evacuation alert. The Clarke Creek wildfire has been classified as under control and due to the hard work of our firefighters and BC Wildfire, I’m thankful we can start to get back to a normal routine. Please refer to for status updates.

I’m so appreciative of our community who supported one another to get through a very stressful time. Many of our local businesses gave up their time...

Message from Mayor Ireland August 27

Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2023 12:57 PM

On Saturday afternoon I walked to the Salty Carmel in Okanagan Centre. It was the perfect vantage point to watch residents as they returned home. There was cheering, vehicles honking and kids wasting no time and jumping into the lake. It was an emotional day, tears of sadness for the three homes lost, coupled with tears of happiness as friends and neighbours reconnected and returned home.  

I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to look after each other, and support our neighbours, even...

Message from Mayor Ireland August 26

Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2023 11:08 AM

I’m relieved and grateful that everyone in Lake Country will have the option to go home later this afternoon. Please continue to follow for exact timing of the rescinding of evacuation orders.  

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - the uncompromising effort and sheer determination of the Lake Country Fire Department, under the leadership of Fire Chief Lee, Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner and Deputy Fire Chief Kynan O’Rourke - makes me immensely proud to live in Lake Country....

Community Message from Mayor Ireland - Aug 25

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023 02:49 PM

I’m extremely pleased that more properties have now been downgraded from an evacuation order to evacuation alert. Chief Lee and I are still hopeful and working as hard as we can to allow all remaining properties back home by Saturday night. Keep in mind this can only be done if it is safe to do so.

As everyone is anxious to go home – it’s important to remember that there might be property and/or vehicle damage. You might see yellow tape placed by the fire department on your home. Please note...

Message from Mayor Ireland August 25

Posted on Friday, August 25, 2023 12:27 PM

I want the community to know, and be assured, that staff and I continue to work hard to get more people home later this afternoon. New information will be released on properties permitted to go home through  

Residents on Okanagan Lake water source were switched to Beaver Lake water source when the Lake Country Wildfire was first identified. The switchover was necessary to assure adequate water pressure while suppressing the wildfire. Okanagan Lake water customers have been...