The Columbia Shuswap Regional District issues two evacuation alerts - one for the Galena Bay area and another for Heather Lodge and the surrounding area — after two wildfires increased in size.
"A Wildfire burning southeast of Galena Bay has brought a potential safety risk,” the Columbia Shuswap Regional District said in a media release.
“Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Revelstoke and Area Management Program has issued an Evacuation Alert for the following areas — Galena Bay near Highway 23 and 31.”
A message from the BC Southwest Fire Centre Information Officer:
Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces.
Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for most of the southern areas of BC, including the Kootenays, Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake regions.
Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed.
The possibility of an evacuation in Nelson this summer due to the threat of wildfire is very real, with the city situated next to arguably one of the greatest fire risks in the province.
West Arm Provincial Park forest east of the city could set the stage for the next big B.C. blaze — and subsequent evacuation — as hot and dry conditions persist in the region with no sign of abating, prepping the tinder dry duff layered deep on the forest floor for ignition.
To protect the public and to aid in fire suppression, BC Wildfire Service has closed the Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road.
The closure was announced in a Southeast Fire Centre media release Wednesday.
The Harrop Creek wildfire once again increased in size Tuesday night, going from 655 hectares to an estimated size now of 1,000 hectares.
“Twenty-two BC Wildfire Service personnel are continuing to build fire guards (Wednesday) with the support of heavy equipment and aircraft,” the Southeast Fire Centre release said.
In response to the extreme fire situation in British Columbia, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is suspending public recreational access to all its lands in the province. This is a precautionary measure in order to minimize the chance of human-caused wildfires in any more of the province, and to contribute to public safety.
The RCMP has been called into investigate theft of equipment that has hindered the fighting the Harrop Creek wildfire the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.
The BC Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre said one water pump and 10 100-foot lengths of hose went missing during the night of July 31-Aug. 1, 2017.
"The theft of a water pump and hoses being used by the BC Wildfire Service has hindered fire suppression efforts on the Harrop Creek wildfire, which is burning 10 kilometres south of the communities of Harrop and Procter," the release said.
This weekend, Graeme Lee Rowlands reached the end of an impressive six-week journey across the Columbia Basin.
Calling himself “the anadromous cyclist”(in reference to the Columbia River’s spawning fish), the 22-year-old university student has spent the past month cycling up the river – from its mouth near Portland, Oregon, to the source at Columbia Lake. The 2000-kilometer-plus adventure has proven to Rowlands that the great river is about more than the sum of its parts.
Despite continuing to grow — the Harrop Creek wildfire is now estimated by BC Wildfire Service at 650 hectares — the blaze remains approximately 16.5 kilometers from said Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles.
MacCharles, who took a fly-over the wildfire Tuesday morning, said the fire grew in size Monday evening which resulted in a significant smoke plume that was visible from many locations including the City of Nelson.