Cross River drainage Evacuation Order
The evacuation alert affecting nine properties including Nipika Mountain Resort in the Cross River drainage north of Radium has been upgraded to an evacuation ORDER effective immediately.
The Evacuation ORDER area includes seven properties on Settlers Road and two properties on Cross River Forest Service Road and the RDEK is in the process of advising the Resort and impacted property owners.
Click here for a map of the area where the Evacuation ORDER is in place.
An Emergency Support Services Reception Centre is being set up at the Village of Radium Office at 4836 Radium Blvd.
The RDEK has issued the following instructions for those on Evacuation ORDER.
• You must leave the area immediately and you must not return until this order is rescinded. • Follow the travel route provided and register at the Village of Radium Hot Springs Public Office, 4836 Radium Blvd., Radium Hot Springs BC. • If you need transportation assistance from the area please advise the individual providing this notice. • Close all windows and doors. • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers. • Close gates (latch), but do not lock. • Gather your family: take a neighbor or someone who needs help. • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash. • Do not use more vehicles then you have to. • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.
Ta Ta Creek area Evacuation Alert
Residents are asked to register at the Reception Centre. Further south, the Regional District of East Kootenay has just issued an evacuation ALERT for the Ta Ta Creek area after a cluster of new fires broke out west of the community late Friday afternoon. “With the tinder dry conditions and a forecast this weekend calling for the possibility of strong and changing winds, we want residents within the evacuation alert area to be taking steps to be prepared to leave on a moment’s notice if conditions worsen,” says Emergency Information Officer Loree Duczek.
The evacuation alert affects approximately 121 address points.
The fire is a cluster of three fires, which together are estimated to be approximately 200 hectares in size is being actioned by the BC Wildfire Service. The fires are not immediately threatening any structures or communities; however, the alert is being implemented to give residents time to prepare. “In addition to making personal preparations, we recommend anyone with livestock or other animals make plans for their animals at the alert stage. Should anyone in the alert area need assistance, they can contact the Emergency Information Line and we can connect them with resources.”
The RDEK encourages 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 should they be asked to evacuate, they are ready to go. Members of the Kimberley RCMP Detachment and Search and Rescue are assisting with hand delivering the alert notices in the evacuation alert area tonight.
“We will be working from south of Farstad Way through Ta Ta Creek – and want to give residents the heads up to expect a knock on their door tonight,” says Duczek. Click here for a map of the alert area is availale. The alert area includes: • the area west of the Kootenay River from just south of Farstad Way to south of Hahas Lake Recreation Site (known by locals as Stony Lake) • Echoes Lake, McNair Lakes and Hahas Lakes
“We need to stress that at this time, we have only issued an alert and now is the time to take steps to be prepared,” adds Duczek. The RDEK has declared a State a Local Emergency for Electoral Areas F and G. This step is required anytime and evacuation order is issued.
There is another new fire in the Elk Valley approximately 12 km east of Fernie. The Coal Creek FSR Wildfire is estimated to be 160 hectares. This fire was discovered this afternoon and the cause is under investigation. This fire is highly visible from Fernie but is not currently threatening structures or communities at this time. An information line has been set up at 250-426-2188 or toll free 1-855-346-2188 and, when not staffed, will have a recorded message with the most updated information. For the latest status of wildfires, click here.
The RDEK has issued the following instructions for those on Evacuation Alert.
• Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting point outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated. • Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g., insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure. • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children. • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area. • Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an Evacuation Order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-426-2188. • Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an Evacuation Order, Reception Centres will be opened if required. • Monitoring news sources for information on Evacuation Orders and locations of Reception Centres.
Submitted by Regional District of East Kootenay