July 6 Update: Duhamel/Sitkum Fire

July 6, 2015
evening update

Residents of the Duhamel and Sitkum Creek area are still on evacuation alert as an estimated 300-hectare wildfire continues to burn.

Ground and air crews from the BC Wildfire Service are progressing in their efforts to battle the blaze. The fire will be monitored throughout the night. Currently, there is no immediate threat to structures.

People using Kootenay Lake for boating, swimming or other recreational activities are cautioned to be aware of aircraft scooping water out of the lake.

Approximately 350 residences are in the affected area. The evacuation alert will be in effect until further notice. Such a measure alerts residents and visitors within the impacted area to be prepared to evacuate if ordered to do so by emergency officials.

The RDCK will continue to update the public as information becomes available. Please check our website at www.rdck.ca and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rdcentralkootenay.

The next update will be issued on Tuesday morning (July 7th) before 10 a.m.

Check out these helpful websites:

BC Wildfire Service:      

emergency alerts about natural disasters as well as preparedness information: 

BC Air Quality:                 

Interior Health:                  
During a forest fire, be aware of health risks associated with exposure to smoke, food safety in power outages, and water quality.

If you have questions, please call the EOC at 1-866-522-7701.


For further information, please contact:
Anitra Winje, Information Officer
(250) 354-3476

The content on this page was last updated July 6 2015 at 4:43 PM