Wildland firefighter Ty Feldinger works on steep terrain to put out hot spots remaining from a controlled burn the B.C. Wildfire Service conducted to help contain the White Rock Lake wildfire on Okanagan Indian Band land, northwest of Vernon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

North Westside Transfer Station expands operations for wildfire-impacted residents

The station is open only to RDCO residents, tenants and property owners

The North Westside Transfer Station has expanded its operations as cleanup begins for residents in wildfire-affected communities in the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO).

The facility, located at Sugarloaf Forest Service Road, will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Extended hours are designed to give residents additional access to the facility and support clean-up and recovery work. The transfer station will be closed each afternoon to deal with the influx of waste and make space for the following day. The station is only open to RDCO residents, tenants and property owners.

There will be no limit on the volume of bagged household waste and non-burnt yard waste that impacted households can discard. The station cannot take building materials, furniture or large appliances. Hazardous material and demolition waste, as well as burnt vehicles, cannot be accepted.

Normal rates, hours and site rules remain in place for the Westside Residential Disposal and Recycling Centre at 2640 Asquith Road in West Kelowna. For more information, visit www.rdco.com/recycle.

“BC Wildfire Service and North Westside Fire Rescue remind everyone that the 83,342-hectare White Rock Lake wildfire remains active… Although the fire is classified as being held, residents in the Alert areas should be prepared to leave their homes at a moment’s notice as we continue to see warm weather in the forecast,” wrote Central Okanagan Emergency Operations in an announcement.

The North Westside Transfer Station will return to regular hours on Oct. 1.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Evac order due to White Rock Lake wildfire rescinded for properties west of Okanagan Lake, above Westside Road


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