The Mayor of Kimberley says its a big relief the city is no longer under an evacuation alert.
The alert was rescinded Tuesday after being in effect for 18 days.
This due to guard lines for the over 9,000 hectare Meachen Creek wildfire holding despite higher winds and moderate temperatures.
Don McCormick says the alert hit in the middle of August, having a significant impact on tourism and the business community.
“As soon as the alert came on, there basically was a mass exodus out of town with most of the visitors,” McCormick says. “I think we got a few of those back on the back end of the alert as things were being held, but for the most part, we had a lot of visitors leave town. Of course, when that happens, it really hits the business community hard.”
McCormick warns the fire still burns west of the community and residents should be prepared in case the situation changes.
He says there are now more crews and equipment allocated to the blaze, providing more protection for the city’s residents.
– Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick
(Pictured: City of Kimberley’s platzl during early days of the evacuation alert.)