Penticton fire offers tips to stay safe during wildfire season

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson reminds all residents that wildfire season is here

It was a timely message from the Penticton Fire Chief about wildfire season as 38 new fires were reported in the province on Tuesday.

Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson reminds all residents that wildfire season is here, and with its arrival comes the need to get re-acquainted with important wildfire readiness strategies that will prevent damage to your home and save the lives of your family.

Related: 911 jams causes panic for South Okanagan residents

“Once started, wildfires become unpredictable and can spread quickly. The key to ensuring the safety of your property and family starts with the three ‘Ps’ of Preparing, Planning and Practicing,” said Watkinson. “Understanding, implementing and recalling the each of the three Ps serves as an excellent protection measure when guarding against the real threat of wildfire”

To protect against wildfire, Penticton residents are strongly encouraged to:


Prepare and maintain a FIRESMART home

Prepare and evacuation route.

Prepare a family communications plan.

Prepare a 72 hour emergency supply kit.


Plan for your families (pets included) evacuation in the event of wildfire.

Pan to monitor social media @cityofpenticton, @pentictonfire and

Plan for armouring your home.

Plan for three days of self-reliance.

Plan an exit strategy from your home and community.


Practice when to leave, leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials.

Practice keeping your emergency supply kit fresh with batteries, food, medications etc.

Practice your escape routs and what to do if you get trapped.

Practice your evacuation preparation steps.

Practice social media for current information.

Kristi Patton | Editor


Send Kristi Patton an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction begins on 180-unit rental complex in Penticton

Rental community with 138 two-bedroom units and 42 one-bedroom units to be built on old trailer park

Professional misconduct lands Penticton lawyer $15k fine

Daniel Kay Lo fined $15,000 by B.C. Law Society after admitting to five counts of misconduct.

Highway 97 petition founder encouraged by public’s reaction

Printed out, the list of 26,000 names creates a stack of paper four inches thick.

RDOS hears concerns about 5G wireless technology

Potential safety concerns raised as communications technology expands

Mental health disorders, suicide on the rise among Okanagan students

The survey was conducted by the McCreary Centre Society in 2018

UPDATE: Protesters say they will maintain blockade near Chase “as long as it takes”

Signs at protest site say in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Deaths on popular Shuswap trail ruled accidental

B.C. Coroners Service reports on fatal falls in May and July 2019

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

‘Chain reaction pile up’ closes southbound traffic on Coquihalla Highway

Black Press Media has reached out to RCMP, paramedics for details

Federal minister to speak in North Okanagan

Greater Vernon Chamber welcomes middle class prosperity minister to talk money

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

EDITORIAL: Thoughtless posts to Facebook cause real harm and stress

At the risk of resembling a broken record, it needs to be… Continue reading

Most Read