The Joe Rich community is a rural area within the unincorporated Central Okanagan East Electoral Area just outside the eastern boundary of Kelowna. It’s accessed via Highway 33.
Approximately 550 homes with an estimated 1,200 residents are sparsely spread throughout the fire protection area of some 50 square kilometres.
The forest makeup throughout the area is dominantly pine with the occasional pockets of fir, cedar, spruce and balsam. Its coniferous makeup includes alder, poplar and birch at an elevation between 2,000 to 3,000 feet.
Joe Rich is served by two fire stations: the original station 51 on Highway 33 and a second hall, station 52, on Goudie Road. Each hall meets the Fire Underwriters’ Survey level of 3B qualifying surrounding residents and their properties for insurance discounts.
- Thanks to everyone in Joe Rich for their generousity and response to the 12th annual Food Bank Drive! More than 1,200 pounds of food was donated along with just over $1,100 in cash. Joe Rich Fire Rescue members thank the community for its ongoing support of this important effort to help those in need during the holiday season!
Administration office – Station 51 - 11481 Highway 33
Non-emergency (250) 765-8660
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 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.
Current Open Burning Status - Open Burning Ends April 30th - View News Release
Residents with a valid permit are required to check the air quality conditions on the day that they want to burn. Conditions are updated daily at approximately 8:00 am. The conditions can also be accessed by calling 1-855-262-BURN (2876).