Evacuation Alert removed for Johnsons Landing, Birchdale and Fry Creek area

Nelson, BC: On the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has removed the Evacuation Alert for the area around the Fry Creek wildfire  (N71980). These areas include part of Johnsons Landing south of Gar Creek, including the Fry Creek area and community of Birchdale. Located northeast of Kaslo on the east shore of Kootenay Lake in Electoral Area ‘D’, the area has been on Alert since Thursday, September 8.  At this time, the Fry Creek wildfire is no longer threatening the area.

Evacuation Alert Removed [PDF - 575 KB]

The Fry Creek wildfire was first discovered on August 25 in the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy in steep and inoperable terrain. The cause of the fire is believed to be lightning. Estimated to be 900 hectares, BCWS has utilized all resources at its disposal, including multiple helicopters and an Incident Management Team to fight the wildfire. Originally, the RDCK issued an Evacuation Alert on September 8 for the boat access only community of Birchdale and the Fry Creek area. The Alert was later expanded to include part of Johnsons Landing south of Gar Creek on September 9.

The RDCK advises people to remain vigilant as conditions could change and an Evacuation Alert may be re-issued. It is important to remain cautious around areas impacted by wildfire. Click here for more information. As well, it is recommended to prepare an emergency kit and ensure preparedness, including making plans to relocate your pets and livestock to a safe area, in the event of an emergency.

For the most up to date information on current wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, call 1.888.336.7378 or visit www.bcwildfire.ca.

Information about Evacuation Orders and Alerts in the RDCK can be found on the RDCK website, Facebook and Twitter. For details about evacuation and emergency preparedness, along with other resources, please visit www.rdck.ca/eocinfo. The RDCK EOC public inquiry line is 250.352.7701.

For more emergency about evacuations and emergency preparedness, along with other resources:

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The content on this page was last updated September 15 2022 at 3:54 PM