Further reduction in Evacuation Alert area - 113 properties remain under Evacuation Alert due to the Talbott Creek Wildfire

Nelson, BC: For the second day in a row, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), based on the recommendation from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), is reducing the number of properties under Evacuation Alert due to the Talbott Creek Wildfire (N51250). The RDCK EOC is rescinding the Evacuation Alert for all properties east of the Slocan River, a total of 63 properties. The Evacuation Alert remains in place for 113 properties between Vallican and north to Drake Street along Slocan River Road.

Please refer to the map(s) below outlining the new Evacuation Alert area and the specific addresses still under Alert.

Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Entire Area
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Lebahdo
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Lebahdo South
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Vallican
Evacuation Alert Address List

The RDCK EOC originally issued the Evacuation Alert on Saturday, August 22 for 305 homes in the communities of Lebahdo, Little Slocan, Passmore and Vallican due to the Talbott Creek Wildfire. Located in the Slocan Valley, approximately 3.5 km north east of Highway 6 and approximately 30 km north of Castlegar, the Talbott Creek Wildfire was discovered on Monday August 17. On September 14 the Evacuation Alert was removed for all properties west of the intersection of Indian Point Road and Little Slocan South Road, plus all properties south of the Little Slocan River.

Heavy smoke continues to blanket the entire area and has prevented helicopters from flying until visibility improves. There has been limited fire activity and growth in the section of the fire that is closest to the areas where the Evacuation Alert has been removed. The BCWS has structure protection units (SPU’s) deployed along Slocan River Road, north of Natlamp Road. Three, 20-person unit crews continue to work in this area beginning at Natlamp Road and continuing northeast. As a result, only local traffic is allowed on Slocan River Road. For more information on the wildfire, please visit the BCWS website.

“This is another positive step to be able to reduce the Evacuation Alert for a second straight day thanks to the hard work being done by the BC Wildfire Service ,” said Chris Johnson, Director of the RDCK EOC. “Hopefully this trend will continue with cooler temperatures and potential rain forecast for this weekend.”

At this time residents or visitors within the area are not required to evacuate; however, the RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave the area at a moment’s notice. It is recommended to prepare an emergency kit and ensure preparedness, including moving pets and livestock to a safe area, in the event the situation worsens and an Evacuation Order is enforced. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are limited options for lodging. People that are evacuated will be asked to arrange accommodations with family or friends outside the area, if at all possible, leaving available spots for those that need it most.

Updates or changes to the Evacuation Alert will be provided via the RDCK website, Facebook and Twitter as more information becomes available. 

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The content on this page was last updated September 15 2020 at 5:32 PM