Ellison is an unincorporated community located approximately midway up the Okanagan valley within the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
It's founded on a heritage of agriculture, rural acreages and scattered residential neighbourhoods within scenic valley terrain. It is accessed via Old Vernon Road from either the north or south end of the Kelowna International Airport.
There are approximately 1,000 homes with an estimated 2,700 residents sparsely spread throughout a fire protection area of some 82 square kilometres. (Fire Protection Area Map)
The geography of Ellison contains many small and rare dry-land ecosystems of open, arid grasslands and pine forest savannahs. Streams that support a diversity of animals and plants cross these dry ecosystems. Water is a precious resource and a focus for biodiversity and wildlife corridors. Because of the pivotal nature of water in the environment, the Regional District focuses upon conserving streams, wetlands, ponds and the variety of nearby ecosystems they support.
There are three main streams that cross the Ellison area; Scotty Creek, Whelan Creek and Mill Creek. These streams and their tributaries are an important habitat in their own right and drain into spawning streams for kokanee, trout and other fish. Ellison also has aspen and cottonwood ecosystems that are wet islands in a dry landscape. These wetlands act as a sponge and a filter that maintain water quality and help maintain the quantity of water in aquifers and streams. The elevation in Ellison ranges between 1,350 to 2,490 feet.
Ellison is served by one fire station on Old Vernon Road.
Administration office – Station 61 – 4411 Old Vernon Road
Non-emergency (250) 469-6155
Apparatus and Equipment
Outdoor Open Burning
The outdoor burning season is regulated in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas in part by the Regional Fire Prevention and Regulations Bylaw No. 1066 and the Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773. Member municipal governments have similar regulations, which empower local fire chiefs to determine the open burning season.
- Depending on the fire hazard, season normally runs October 1st to April 30th throughout the Central Okanagan.
- Only eligible property owners with a permit from their local fire authority will be allowed to burn after also ensuring compliance with the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and after phoning the Open Burning Hotline 1-855-262-2876 which will tell them whether venting and air quality permit burning that day. On a day that burning is allowed, it's recommended burning begin later in the morning, as venting conditions are usually better after 10:00am.
Before ignitng any burn pile, residents with a valid permit from their local fire department are responsible to ensure their compliance with the BC Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. They are required to check the air quality conditions on the day that they want to burn. Conditions are updated daily at 8:00 am by calling 1-855-262-BURN (2876).