Evening Information Bulletin - Merry Creek Wildfire Update

Emergency Operations Centre
5:30 PM

RE: Merry Creek Wildfire (N51165)

The Merry Creek Wildfire, located 8 kilometres SW of Castlegar, remains active and is listed as out of control by BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). An evacuation order from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) remains in place for 31 properties and an Evacuation Alert for one property in Electoral Area J. Visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo for the complete details.

Click here for map of the Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert area [PDF - 2 MB]

The City of Castlegar has six areas on Evacuation Alert. Check out the City of Castlegar website for more information.

Fire crews have made significant progress in the last 24 hours on the wildfire. Structure protection crews have been able to place resources on all homes requiring protection. According to the BCWS, the size of the fire is estimated at 15 hectares. Work has focused on danger tree assessing and falling, while helicopters continue bucketing activities. For more information on the wildfire and the amount of resources being used refer to BCWS Wildfires of Note Page, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter. As well, the RDCK will be providing daily updates on the RDCK Emergency Information page www.rdck.ca/eocinfo and via Facebook and Twitter.  

Photos courtesy of RDCK - July 2, 2021


Follow the links below to stay up to date.

BC Wildfire Service Emergency Info        Drive BC          Environment Canada


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.

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

PreparedBC         Wildfire Preparedness Guide            

Sign up for RDCK Emergency Notifications

FireSmart             Livestock Relocation


  • 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

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The content on this page was last updated July 2 2021 at 5:50 PM