Evacuation Alert area reduced - 176 homes remain under Evacuation Alert due to the Talbott Creek Wildfire

Nelson, BC: Based on the recommendation from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS,) the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is removing the Evacuation Alert for all properties west of the intersection of Indian Point Road and Little Slocan South Road, plus all properties south of the Little Slocan River due to the Talbott Creek Wildfire (N51250). This reduces the number of homes under the Evacuation Alert by 129 homes, from 305 to 176.

Please refer to the map(s) below outlining the new Evacuation Alert area and the specific addresses still under Alert.

Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Entire Area
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Vallican
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Lebahdo
Evacuation Alert Talbott Creek Wildfire - Lebahdo South
Evacuation Alert Address List

The RDCK EOC originally issued the Evacuation Alert on Saturday, August 22 for 305 homes in the communities of Lebahdo, Little Slocan, Passmore and Vallican. Located in the Slocan Valley, approximately 3.5 km north east of Highway 6 and approximately 30 km north of Castlegar, the Talbott Creek Wildfire was discovered on Monday August 17. Heavy smoke continues to cover the entire region and has prevented helicopters from flying over the last 48 hours. As a result, there continues to be fire activity on the north and east areas of the fire which warrants the Evacuation Alert remaining in place for those residents. The BCWS has structure protection units (SPU’s) deployed along Slocan River Road, north of Natlamp Road. Three, 20-person unit crews are working in this area throughout the day. As a result, only local traffic is allowed on Slocan River Road. For more information on the wildfire, please visit the BCWS website.

“This Evacuation Alert has been in place for a long time now and we appreciate the patience and understanding from all the residents affected,” said Chris Johnson, Director of the RDCK EOC. “We are very thankful for the work done by the BC Wildfire Service and are hopeful this type of progress continues and will allow us to remove more homes from the Alert area.”

At this time residents or visitors within the area are not required to evacuate; however, the RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be prepared to leave the area at a moment’s notice. It is recommended to prepare an emergency kit and ensure preparedness, including moving pets and livestock to a safe area, in the event the situation worsens and an Evacuation Order is enforced. Due to COVID-19 restrictions there are limited options for lodging. People that are evacuated will be asked to arrange accommodations with family or friends outside the area, if at all possible, leaving available spots for those that need it most.

Updates or changes to the Evacuation Alert will be provided via the RDCK website, Facebook and Twitter as more information becomes available. 

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