The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is hoping businesses see a boost in sales now that a city-wide evacuation alert is no longer in place.
Chamber Manager Mike Guarnery reached out to businesses in the community to see what effect the nearby Meachen Creek wildfire had on sales.
He says retail took a hit after a great first half of the month.
“They were all positive how August was going, really good sales. Some were reporting it was going to be the best month they had,” Guarnery says. “And then the alert did have an effect and some businesses are reporting a drop after that.”
Guarnery says its important to let the nation know that the city has not shut down.
“We’re working, we’re an operational city, we are aware of the city alert, we want other people to be aware of the alert, but we can continue to move on,” Guarnery says.
The BC Wildfire Service’s latest update says the over nine thousand hectare Meachen Creek Fire is now 70 per cent contained.
Guarnery praised the efforts of Mayor Don McCormick and the Regional District of East Kootenay for providing the latest information on nearby fires.
He says he’s also thankful area businesses used social media during the alert to keep visitors aware of what was going on.
– Kimberley Chamber of Commerce Manager, Mike Guarnery