Signage outlines emergency route

Directional signs have now been placed indicating an alternative emergency route out of the Glenrosa neighbourhood.

Directional signage has now been placed  indicating an alternative emergency route out of the Glenrosa neighbourhood. Approximately 20 roadside markers have been installed

Directional signage has now been placed indicating an alternative emergency route out of the Glenrosa neighbourhood. Approximately 20 roadside markers have been installed

Directional signs have now been placed indicating an alternative emergency route out of the Glenrosa neighbourhood.

Approximately 20 roadside markers have been installed, guiding motorists along Jackpine and Bear Forest Service Road ending at Westside Road.

The route was chosen because it provides the quickest alternate route back to West Kelowna, where residents could seek food, shelter and Emergency Social Services assistance in the event of a forest fire or other major incident that prohibits the use of Lower Glenrosa Road or Highway 97.

One directional sign has also been installed should residents need to travel to Highway 97 C (Okanagan Connector) for any reason.

Residents are advised that the route consists of winding, gravel forest service roads and they should travel cautiously as they may suddenly encounter logging trucks, wildlife or off-road vehicles.

The directional signage is installed during the peak forest fire season, when the fire hazard rating begins to climb.

Signs are then removed in late summer or early fall when the forest fire hazard rating drops.

The route was mapped out following the Glenrosa Forest Fire in 2009 after residents in the affected area approached the District of West Kelowna seeking a secondary access out of their neighbourhood in the event of a future emergency.

 

Kelowna Capital News