An evacuation alert has been issued for 51 properties in the Island Pond/Premier Lake area.
This as a 150 hectare wildfire continues to rage between Skookumchuk and Canal Flats along highway 93-95.
The blaze is affecting traffic on the highway, which continues to operate at single lane – alternating.
The BC Wildfire Service is currently attending the fire in the air and on the ground.
The alert was issued as a precautionary measure.
The RDEK says it informs residents of the threat of potential or impending danger and is intended to give people time to prepare themselves so that they are ready to go should the situation worsen.
“An evacuation alert informs residents of the threat of a potential or impending danger. It is intended to give people time to gather things and prepare themselves so that they are ready to go should the situation worsen and an Evacuation Order be issued,” explains Information Officer Loree Duczek.
“We encourage people within the evacuation alert area to put together important papers (like insurance papers), medications, valuables, supplies for children and pets, and other important items so that in the event things progress and they are asked to evacuate, they are ready to go.”
The fire was sparked Sunday when a tree fell on a powerline.
In addition to the residential properties, the Provincial Campground at Premier Lake is included in the evacuation alert area. “If people plan to move RV trailers or boats, the alert stage is the time to do that. If an evacuation order is issued, there is no time to allow that to happen.”
“We need to stress that at this time, we have only issued an alert and it is a great time to take steps to be prepared.”
An information line has been set up at 250-426-2188 or toll free 1-855-346-2188. For more information on the stages of evacuation and tips on how to prepare in the event of emergencies, visit www.rdek.bc.ca.
For the latest status of wildfires, visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
– with files from the RDEK