Campus rallies during wildfire

August 2023


A line of firetrucks parked at UBC Okanagan.

As historic wildfires burned in and around Kelowna, UBC’s Okanagan campus was ordered to evacuate on Friday, August 18. As the situation improved, the campus became a staging ground for the wildfire fight, hosting more than 800 firefighters, wildfire personnel and critical firefighting equipment from fire departments across the country. During the wildfire response, more than $202,000 was raised towards the UBC Okanagan Student Emergency Assistance Fund to help support impacted students. Campus returned to normal operations 10 days later.