As Kelowna residents who were evacuated because of the Walroy Lake wildfire return home, the city is cautioning that their neighbourhoods may look different from when they first left.
“In many areas, active fire fighting occurred directly in backyards and very close to homes,” reads a statement from the city. “Residents are asked to exercise caution as they return home and can find information on kelowna.ca to assist them.”
The city has made every effort to maintain operations and services through the wildfire event while maintaining public safety as the highest priority, according to the statement.
“It’s important for all residents and visitors to remember that re-opening impacted areas takes time for safety reasons and due to the size and scale of this event.”
Assessments are ongoing on a number of sites throughout Kelowna.