The Mayor of Elkford is urging residents to stay calm and informed in the face of an Evacuation Alert.
The entire District and properties to the north of Sparwood have been put on a preliminary noticed due to the nearby Quinn Creek wildfire.
Dean McKerracher suggests the community isn’t in grave danger but everyone should be ready in case the situation worsens.
He explains property owners should pack everything they would need in case the Alert is upgraded to an Order.
McKerracher says he and his wife walked around their house Tuesday night and tried to put necessary belongings together and it’s not any easy task but it is essential right now.
The Mayor also wants residents to listen to directions.
Evacuation Alert have been handed out to all properties in the District with instructions.
McKerracher says if anyone has concerns call the District office or the RDEK Emergency Operations Centre.
He also suggests not going to Facebook or social media for the latest information but rather, if you are online, go to the local government or fire department’s website.
Approximately 2,500 people live in Elkford.
Teck’s Line Creek, Green Hills and Fording River Operations are included in the alert.
Properties inside Sparwood are not included.
McKerracher believes this is the first time Elkford has ever been put under an Evacuation Alert.
The Quinn Creek blaze is estimated at 6,576 HA and is 30 kilometres west of the Bull River.
– Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher