Kimberley residents should act as if they are under an evacuation alert as wildfires surrounding the community continue to burn.
This from Fire Chief Rick Prasad as evacuation alerts went into effect over the weekend for 121 properties in the Ta Ta Creek area and 65 properties in the St Mary Valley.
Chief Rick Prasad says he’s most concerned about the Lost Dog Complex Blaze near Ta Ta Creek, which is about 10 kilometres away from the city.
“It has some rough terrain to get here and typically the prevailing winds wouldn’t blow it in this direction,” Prasad says. “We’re kind of modelling it to see where it would go but right now, we’re not as concerned.”
Prasad says the St Marys wildfire has quite a ways to go to reach Kimberley.
He warns residents to have evacuation kits and plans prepared in case the fires spread.
“Get your emergency kits ready to go, get the important papers you need ready to go, organize your meeting places with your loved ones, family and friends,” Prasad says. “And if something does happen, its less stressful at that time and you have a plan.”
– Kimberley Fire Chief, Rick Prasad
(Picture of area fires near the City of Kimberley from the BC Wildfire Service.)