Local resort ready for fire threat

The Bear Creek fire caused only minor disruptions for vacationers at Lake Okanagan Resort, according to general manager Edan Fay.

The Bear Creek fire caused only minor disruptions for vacationers at Lake Okanagan Resort, according to general manager Edan Fay.

The fire closed Westside Road for most of Tuesday.

Fay said that staff simply directed guests leaving the resort to go the long way.

“We directed our guests to go through Vernon if they need to leave,” said Fay.

According to Fay, the same information was given to guests who were planning on driving to the resort on Tuesday.

The general manager said that the flames didn’t cause too many glitches in the resort’s operations.

“It was smoky, but other than that there weren’t any real negative impacts.”

In 2009, the Terrace Mountain fire forced Lake Okanagan Resort to evacuate all its staff and guests.

Lessons learned in the past has left Fay feeling confident that the resort is well prepared for any type of fire situation.

“We’re very well prepared; we have a really solid evacuation plan,” said Fay.

“We have meeting spaces on the resort for guests and all of our department heads have their places they need to be when we put that plan into effect.”


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