UPDATED: RDKB rescinds evacuation alerts for all properties in West Boundary

August 19th, 2020

In cooperation with BC Wildfire, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has determined the immediate threat from the Solomon Mountain Wildfire has subsided and evacuation alerts are no longer required.

Forty-four properties near Beaverdell in the West Boundary are no longer on evacuation alert. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinded all evacuation alerts at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

means no properties in the RDKB are on evacuation alert or order due to wildfire.

The attached map shows the area where this evacuation alert rescind applies.

The Solomon Mountain Wildfire – N61276 – is classified as being held and crews continue to work to ensure the 18-hectare fire does not spread. Unit crews and heavy equipment are also fighting a 60-hectare fire near Carmi Creek – N61268.

No fires in the RDKB are currently threatening any homes or other structures.

Environment Canada has forecasted slightly cooler daytime temperatures in the high twenties in the next 24 hours with a possibility for high winds and thunderstorms at the end of the week.

The Province of BC has issued an Air Quality Advisory – Smoky Skies Bulletin that applies to the Boundary.

The bulletin warns that during a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour by-hour.

Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.

The RDKB asks all area residents to register for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System at https://ca.voyent-alert.com/vras/user-registration.html or through emergency.rdkb.com.

RDKB issues evacuation alerts to 44 properties near Beaverdell

In a media release Tuesday evening, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in cooperation with the BC Wildfire Service has asked residents at 44 addresses four kilometres north of Beaverdell in the Boulder Road area to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice in response to the Solomon Mountain Wildfire – N61276.

A full list of addresses now on evacuation alert is at the end of this news release and a map of the evacuation alert area is attached.

The Beaverdell Fire Department and BC Wildfire ground crews are on site fighting the fire along with heavy equipment. BC Wildfire air tankers and helicopters are also working to contain the blaze.

“We have issued these alerts out of an abundance of caution and to allow residents time to prepare, as winds are expected to gust through the evening,” said Mark Stephens, EOC Director.

These evacuation alerts may be followed by immediate orders to evacuate should conditions worsen. All area residents are asked to register for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System at https://ca.voyent-alert.com/vras/user-registration.html or through emergency.rdkb.com.

To prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order:

  • Locate all family members or co-workers and designating a meeting place outside the area should an evacuation order be issued while separated.
  • Arrange accommodations with family or friends outside the area.
  • Gather essential items: The 5 P’s (People, Pets, Prescriptions, Papers and Photos).
  • Prepare to move any disabled persons and /or children.
  • Move pets and livestock to a safe area outside the area.
  • Monitor news sources for additional information.

If an order is issued, residents must leave their homes immediately and travel north or south along Highway 33.

For more information:

  • 24 hour Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre: 1.800.663.3456 or emergency.rdkb.com
  • RDKB Emergency Operations Centre: 1.888.747.9119 (between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays)
  • Social media: Twitter @RDKB_Emergency or Facebook @rdkbdotcom
  • Local media

The RDKB will continue to update the public as new information is available.

This post was syndicated from https://boundarysentinel.com
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