Evacuation Alert issued for one property due to Merry Creek Wildfire - Crews make progress to stabilize wildfire

Nelson, BC:  Based on the recommendation from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued an Evacuation Alert for 1473 Meadowbrook Drive due to the Merry Creek Wildfire (N51165). 31 properties will remain under an Evacuation Order. Please refer to the map below outlining the area.

Click here to view map of Evacuation Order and Evacution Alert area. [PDF - 2 MB]

The RDCK EOC originally issued an Evacuation Order on Thursday, July 1 as the result of the Merry Creek Wildfire, 8 kilometres SW of Castlegar. The Evacuation area covers residential addresses on 14th Ave., Fernwood Drive, Highway 3, Killough Road, Lucas Ave, Lucas Road, Mason Road, and Merry Creek Forest Service Road.

“Extensive resources have been deployed on the Merry Creek wildfire,” said Nora Hannon, EOC Director and RDCK Regional Fire Chief. “Crews have made good progress on the fire and with the deployment of structural protection resources.”

The City of Castlegar also has six areas under Evacuation Alert. For more information visit the City of Castlegar website.

The Merry Creek Wildfire was discovered on Thursday July 1, and is now an estimated 15 hectares. BC Wildfire Service considers it out of control. For more information on the wildfire, please visit the BCWS Wildfire of Note Page.

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

The RDCK advises people to remain vigilant and be on alert in the area. 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.

For more information:

For more information about evacuations and emergency preparedness, along with other resources, please visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo. The RDCK EOC public inquiry line is 250-352-7701.

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The content on this page was last updated July 2 2021 at 2:20 PM