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RDCK Wildfire update as of 7 p.m. Saturday

BC Wildfire Services firefighters are experiencing ongoing challenges include a lack of water resources at higher elevations, as well as steep, rocky and complex terrain in the Trozzo and Lemon Creek drainages.

RE: Octopus Creek Wildfire (N51800)

The Octopus Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 11 kilometres south of Fauquier and is highly visible from Edgewood, Fauquier, and Needles, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by the BCWS. A slight increase in wind and potential change in direction is anticipated which will result in an increase in fire behaviour, especially at higher elevations. There is a risk of thunderstorms and lightning over the next 36 hours. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is now handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire and area restrictions refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex UpdateBCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ORDER from the RDCK has been issued for 168 properties in the communities of Applegrove and Fauquier. The area goes from the south side of Taite Creek, including the Taite Creek recreation site north to Grassy Point.

RE: Michaud Creek Wildfire (N51765)

The Michaud Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 21 kilometres south of Edgewood, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). Crews have been able to contain spot fires across Johnston Creek. As well, they have been establishing and reinforcing containment lines in priority areas. There is potential for thunderstorms and lightning over the next 36 hours. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is now handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire, refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex UpdateBCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

The Evacuation Order from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) was downgraded to an Evacuation ALERT on Monday, July 26. 356 properties remain under Alert from Johnston Creek and continuing north to Whatshan Lake, including the communities of Edgewood and Needles.

RE: Trozzo Creek Wildfire (N51705)

The Trozzo Creek wildfire, originated approximately 7.5 kilometres northeast of Winlaw, is active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by BCWS. Saturday brings the chance of dry lightning and wind gusts, which will extend through Sunday evening. Ongoing challenges include a lack of water resources at higher elevations, as well as steep, rocky and complex terrain in the Trozzo and Lemon Creek drainages. For more information on the wildfire and area restrictions refer to Southeast Fire Centre UpdateBCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ORDER remains in place for 32 properties in the area of Popou Road, Rooster Road, and Lemon Creek Road. An Evacuation ALERT remains in place for 142 properties.

RE: Akokli Creek Wildfire (N71686)

The Akokli Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 7 kilometres from Boswell, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by BCWS. Crews are focused on establishing and solidifying containment on the northwest end of the fire as it meets Lockhart Park. From Holiday Creek south, the fire has reached containment lines, but crews have managed to keep the fire from crossing in these areas. Conditions permitting, fixed wing aircraft remain available to support firefighters if required.  For more information on the wildfire and current area restrictions refer to Southeast Fire Centre UpdateBCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ALERT from the RDCK remains in place for the communities of Boswell, Destiny Bay and Sanca on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in Electoral Area A.

RE: Renata Creek Wildfire (N71245)

The Renata Creek wildfire is estimated at 2,504 hectares in size and is currently listed as out of control by the BCWS. The fire was discovered on July 9 and the cause was determined to be lightning. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is now handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex UpdateBCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ALERT from the RDCK remains in place for the community of Renata and any other dwellings within the Evacuation Alert perimeter, on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake in Electoral Area J.

Visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo for the complete details of all current evacuation orders and alerts. Affected residents with any questions can contact the RDCK Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 250-352-7701.

For media inquiries, call the RDCK EOC public inquiry line at 250-352-7701 or email EOCinfo@rdck.bc.ca.

Follow the links below to stay up to date.

BC Wildfire Service Emergency Info   Drive BC          Environment Canada

Evacuation Order and Alert web map

BE PREPARED

Now is the time to prepare for a potential evacuation. Follow the links below for valuable resources on how to make an emergency plan and prepare your grab and go bag. This includes preparing for your animals and livestock to be relocated. Residents in the affected Evacuation Order and Alert areas are encouraged to stay with friends and family.

Sign up for the RDCK Emergency Notification system and become FireSmart by having a FREE FireSmart assessment done on your home.

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FireSmart                    Livestock Relocation

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

·         In case of emergency dial 911

·         RDCK Emergency Operations Centre Inquiry Line 250-352-7701

·         BC Wildfire 1-800-663-5555 or *5555

·         BC Hydro 1-800-224-9376

·         Fortis BC 1-866-436-7847