CONFIRMED: Evacuation Order Reduced to Alert and Previous Alert Rescinded for McCormick Creek Wildfire
August 22, 2017
Upon BC Wildfire Service’s recommendation regarding the McCormick Creek wildfire, the RDCK is reducing the Evacuation Order to an Alert as of 6:00pm today. This reduction to an Alert means residents can return to their properties but must be prepared to leave should conditions change. At that same time, the Evacuation Alert in the area to the north will be rescinded (see map). Structural Protection Unit crews are finalizing the dismantling of their equipment and preparing the area for a safe return for residents.
Highway 6 and the Nelway Border Crossing will reopen at the same time.
A reminder to evacuees that Red Cross provides disaster relief over and above the services provided by Emergency Social Services (ESS) and evacuees may be eligible for further compensation. If you’ve been evacuated and haven’t already registered with Red Cross, you are encouraged to call their toll free number 1-800-863-6582.
To all RDCK residents, businesses and visitors in the area, please sign up to the RDCK Emergency Alert system which will inform users if a call to action is necessary in the event of an emergency or disaster. http://www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/emergency-management/emergency-alerts.html
The RDCK would like to take this opportunity to thank all residents for their cooperation and the agencies involved in the McCormick Creek wildfire, including BC Wildfire, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, RCMP, Red Cross/ESS volunteers, the Village of Salmo and all fire departments involved with the Structural Protection Units. A special thanks to the Dragonfly Café and the Pend D'Oreille Steak & Pastry Restaurant who continued to provide meals to our SPU crews, as well as the bottled water donated by the Real Canadian Wholesale Club in Nelson.
For further information, please contact:
EOC Information Officer
The content on this page was last updated August 22 2017 at 4:02 PM