UPDATE: Duhamel/Sitkum Wildfire

Residents of the Duhamel and Sitkum Creek area are still on evacuation alert as a wildfire continues to burn. The conflagration is now estimated to be 300 hectares; improved visibility today helped the BC Wildfire Service to better map the blaze.

A 25-member ground crew is attacking the fire; firefighters will be onsite throughout the night. Helicopters and airtankers are supporting the firefighting effort.  People using Kootenay Lake for boating, swimming or other recreational activities are advised to be aware of aircraft scooping water out of the lake.

Currently, there is no immediate threat to structures. A fire retardant line has been established between the blaze and area homes to protect residents.  A Provincial type one incident management team is proceeding to the site. This specialized team is dispatched to assess, strategize and fight complex wildfires.

Approximately 350 residences are in the affected area. The evacuation alert will be in effect until further notice. Such a measure alerts residents and visitors within the impacted area to be prepared to evacuate if ordered to do so by emergency officials.

Prepare for an evacuation order by:

1. Staying calm.

2. Turning off appliances (stove, lights, air conditioners and heaters).

3. Not using more vehicles than you require.

4. Not using the telephone unless you need emergency services.

5. Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a safe meeting place in the event that an evacuation order is called.

6. Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for a quick departure.

7. Consider moving any disabled persons and/or children to a safe area.

8. Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.

9. Arranging to transport household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order.

10. Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, emergency accommodation will be provided if required.

11. Monitoring media (RDCK website at www.rdck.ca, RDCK Facebook page and local media).  

If an evacuation order is issued, emergency personnel will alert impacted residents by visiting their homes. Notices will be posted in neighbourhoods. The alert will also be broadcast on local radio as well as on the RDCK’s Facebook page and website.

The RDCK will continue to update the public as information becomes available. Please check our website at www.rdck.ca and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rdcentralkootenay.

Additionally, check out http://www.bcwildfire.ca.

The next update will be at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th.

If you have questions, please call the EOC at 1-866-522-7701.

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For further information, please contact:
Anitra Winje
Information Officer
(250) 354-3476

The content on this page was last updated July 5 2015 at 10:01 PM