UPDATE: Harrop Creek & Rapid Creek Wildfires: Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor the situation

The RDCK Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to fine tune pre-planning evacuation strategies and monitor updates from BC Wildfire Service.  Featured photo of the Harrop creek wildfire July 29, 2017

The Evacuation Alerts issued due to the Rapid Creek wildfire and Harrop Creek wildfire remain in place at this time.

For those who have registered for the dedicated Emergency Alert list specific to the Harrop Creek wildfire, please know that once the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded, you will be removed from the list at that time.

We ask residents to continue with preparedness measures including having a 72-hour Grab and Go Emergency Kit  and to keep the area around your home FireSmart. 

For updates on current wildfires in our area, go to http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-situation.

Should you anticipate requiring assistance in the event of an Evacuation Order, please call the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-352-7701 or toll free at 1-866-522-7701.

Harrop Creek Wildfire 10% contained, north flank is fully guarded

Harrop Creek (N71382)

Last updated: Thursday, September 07, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Location: 4.5 km south of Harrop-Procter
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Discovered: Thursday, July 27, 2017

Size: 3,117.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active
• 10% contained
The north flank is fully guarded.

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Evacuation Alert is in effect.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has implemented an evacuation alert for the Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village. For detailed information about this evacuation alert, people should call the Regional District of Central Kootenay at 250 352-6665 or visit the district�s website at; http://www.rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2017-news-archive/evacuation-alert-issued-for.html

More information
This fire is currently burning in steep and complex terrain. Winds increased fire activity on various parts of the fire in recent days which increased the visibility of this fire as the fire burned into sections of unused fuels.

The Harrop Mainline and East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road is closed to the public at this time to aid in fire suppression efforts and to keep the public safe.

Cause: Lightning Lightning Caused

Resources
• 1 firefighters
• 1 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment
Personnel have completed guard in the Narrow Creek drainage. This fire has shown minimal growth over the last 24 hours, the smoke has kept the area cool and decreased fire behaviour. The machine guard is now complete with water lay. Contingency guard is in place and heavy equipment is on standby. The fire size has been adjusted due to more accurate mapping.