Information Bulletin - Wildfire Update - August 1

RE: Octopus Creek Wildfire (N51800)

The Octopus Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 11 kilometres south of Fauquier and is highly visible from Edgewood, Fauquier, and Needles, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by the BCWS. On of the main priorities is to continue working on the north flank, building a control line to protect the community of Fauquier from the advancing wildfire and to re-direct the wildfire up slope. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire and area restrictions refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex Update, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ORDER from the RDCK has been issued for 168 properties in the communities of Applegrove and Fauquier. The area goes from the south side of Taite Creek, including the Taite Creek recreation site north to Grassy Point.

RE: Michaud Creek Wildfire (N51765)

The Michaud Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 21 kilometres south of Edgewood, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). Structural protection has shifted around within the town of Edgewood for safety reasons and will remain in place until the community is no longer threatened.  A Type 1 Incident Management Team is handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire, refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex Update, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

The Evacuation Order from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) was downgraded to an Evacuation ALERT on Monday, July 26. 356 properties remain under Alert from Johnston Creek and continuing north to Whatshan Lake, including the communities of Edgewood and Needles.

RE: Trozzo Creek Wildfire (N51705)

The Trozzo Creek wildfire, originated approximately 7.5 kilometres northeast of Winlaw, is active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by BCWS. Resources on the fire include 159 personnel, 27 pieces of heavy equipment and six helicopters. On Sunday, crews continue fire suppression along Lemon Creek and the Elliot Anderson Forest Service Road. As well, firefighters are monitoring fire growth toward the east (Baldface Creek) and south (Sproule Creek). For more information on the wildfire and area restrictions refer to Southeast Fire Centre Update, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ORDER remains in place for 32 properties in the area of Popou Road, Rooster Road, and Lemon Creek Road. An Evacuation ALERT remains in place for 142 properties.

RE: Akokli Creek Wildfire (N71686)

The Akokli Creek Wildfire, originated approximately 7 kilometres from Boswell, remains active and is currently listed as a wildfire of note by BCWS. The fire remains within the planned containment area. Crews continue to focus on establishing and solidifying containment on the northwest end of the fire as it meets Lockhart Park. For more information on the wildfire and current area restrictions refer to Southeast Fire Centre Update, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ALERT from the RDCK remains in place for the communities of Boswell, Destiny Bay and Sanca on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in Electoral Area A.

RE: Renata Creek Wildfire (N71245)

The Renata Creek wildfire is estimated at 2,504 hectares in size and is currently listed as out of control by the BCWS. There is no imminent threat to the community at this time. Planned controlled lines will be constructed as soon as conditions allow, with heavy equipment and planned ignition where possible. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is handling the Arrow Lake Complex (Michaud Creek wildfire, Octopus Creek wildfire, and Renata Creek wildfire). For more information on the wildfire refer to Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex Update, BCWS Facebook and BCWS Twitter.

An Evacuation ALERT from the RDCK remains in place for the community of Renata and any other dwellings within the Evacuation Alert perimeter, on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake in Electoral Area J.

Visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo for the complete details of all current evacuation orders and alerts. Affected residents with any questions can contact the RDCK Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at 250-352-7701.

For media inquiries, call the RDCK EOC public inquiry line at 250-352-7701 or email EOCinfo@rdck.bc.ca.

Follow the links below to stay up to date.

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Evacuation Order and Alert web map

BE PREPARED

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. Residents in the affected Evacuation Order and Alert areas are encouraged to stay with friends and family.

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

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EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

  • 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 August 1 2021 at 2:16 PM