A number of evacuation orders in our region were reduced to evacuation alerts yesterday.
This includes 40 properties in the St. Mary Valley east of Lakeside/Lakefront Road.
The RDEK took the action yesterday as crews continue to make good progress on the Meachen Creek fire.
Twenty-five properties west of Lakeside/Lakefront road remain on evacuation order and the evacuation alert for the city of Kimberley remains in place.
So is the evacuation alert for a property near Yahk.
The RDEK also downgraded the evacuation order for 9 properties outside of Radium to an evacuation alert.
This includes Nipika Mountain Resort.
RDEK communications manager Loree Duczek says residents who are returning home should stay aware and prepared.
“We’re very grateful for the progress being made on all fire fronts, but in spite of that we are still making sure that we are letting the public know that we all need to continue to maintain a state of awareness and preparedness as we still do have a few weeks left to go in fire season.”
She adds residents who are returning home from evacuation orders will still see emergency personnel working in their communities.
“There’s definitely a lot of excitement when you’re able to go home, regardless of the circumstances. Certainly it’s great to see people to be able to return to their homes. Although not everyone has been able to return home, it is good news for those who have been able to. This is still an active fire area for both [the Cross River and Meachen Creek] fires.”
Earlier this week the RDEK rescinded the evacuation alert for 121 properties near Ta Ta Creek as crews have contained the Lost Dog fire complex which is now being held.
– Loree Duczek – Communications Manager, Regional District of East Kootenay