Evacuation alert issued for Sheep Creek area

Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an Evacuation Alert for three residences in the McArthur Creek area southeast of Salmo. See a map of the alert area here.

The fire started on July 29, 2018, and has grown to approximately 35 hectares. The fire is currently receiving an active response from BC Wildfire Service. The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated in response to the situation.

“The Southeast Fire Centre has requested this Evacuation Alert as a precaution in anticipation of forecast high winds on Friday and Saturday,” said Chris Johnson, EOC Director. “Residents affected by the alert should take the time now to prepare to evacuate themselves and their families should an evacuation be required.”

Road restrictions are being put in place on the Billings and Waldie forest service roads (FSRs) from the 10 km junction on the Sheep Creek Rd/FSR.

Under an Evacuation Alert, residents and visitors should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. It is recommended to prepare an emergency kit and ensure preparedness in the event that the situation worsens, and an Evacuation Order is enforced.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, and how to build a home emergency kit, visit the PreparedBC website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc

The RDCK will provide a further update tomorrow by noon after consultation with BC Wildfire Service and other agencies. In the meantime, for updates on this and other wildfires, visit the BC Wildfire Service interactive map: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ef6f11c8c36b42c29e103f65dbcd7538

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For further information, please contact:

EOC Information Officer
Regional District of Central Kootenay
Tel: 250-352-7701  |  Cell: 250-354-3476
Email: eocinfo@rdck.bc.ca

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