Evacuation ORDER rescinded for the Moyie area effective 6:00 PM Monday Sept 18 – and other Wildfire updates

 The cooler temperatures and rain today have resulted in encouraging progress on the fire front, including the official rescinding of the evacuation ORDER for the Moyie area effective 6:00 PM tonight (Monday Sept 18, 2017).

 (Submitted) “This is an exciting day,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “Not only are we pleased to be able to see everyone in the Moyie area able to head back home safely tonight, we have also been able to lift a number of alerts across the region. What a difference a week makes.”  Residents are asked to wait until 6:00 PM to return home.

The rescind area is shown on the attached map and applies to the west side of Moyie Lake, including:

  • Monroe Lake
  • Green Bay
  • Braunagel Road
  • Moyie Shores Estates
  • Aurora Estates

Evacuees from the Moyie area are encouraged to visit the Canadian Red Cross desk at the ESS Reception Centre at the curling rink to pick up a cleaning kit and determine what re-entry assistance they may be eligible for. The Red Cross hours are 9 AM to 4 PM. They can also be reached at 1-800-863-6582.  There are also information packages available for pick up that include details of what to expect and tips for re-entry.
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In addition to the rescinding of the evacuation order for the Lamb Creek fire, a number of evacuation alerts have been rescinded this afternoon:

  • Lamb Creek Fire (Moyie Area): Evacuation ALERT Rescinded for Porto Rico Road, Moyie Vista, Hidden Valley Road, Owl’s Nest, Moyie townsite, Eagles Nest, and both sides of Highway 3/95 south of Braunagel Road to Stone Creek
  • White River Complex Fire: Evacuation ALERT Rescinded – Whiteswan Area
  • Linklater Fire:Evacuation ALERT Rescinded – Newgate/West Koocanusa – for the community of Newgate south to the US Border – including Sunshine Houseboats, Sandy Shores, and Madera Ranch RV resort

“In spite of this progress, it’s important for people around the region to remember that we still have a number of active fires burning in the East Kootenay and there are a number of area restrictions around those fires that must be adhered to,” adds Duczek.  For more information on the area restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.

The Off Road Vehicle Prohibition and campfire ban remain in place.

“We want to thank the residents of Moyie for their tremendous cooperation and patience,” adds Duczek. “This has been an extraordinary fire season and we also owe our heartfelt thanks to the men and women from the BC Wildfire Service who have worked tirelessly on the front lines and behind the scenes to protect us all summer.”

For the latest status of wildfires, visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

INFORMATION BULLETIN Southeast Fire Centre restrictions updated

CASTLEGAR – Due to decreased fire activity, cooler weather and recent progress made by firefighting crews, regional districts in the Southeast Fire Centre and the BC Wildfire Service have made some changes to existing area restrictions and evacuation alerts.

Regional District of East Kootenay:

* Effective at 6 p.m. Mountain time on Sept. 18, 2017, the evacuation order and alert for the community of Moyie will be rescinded. For more information, visit the Regional District of East Kootenay website: http://www.rdek.bc.ca

* The evacuation alert that was in place for the community of Newgate (and south to the United States border) has been rescinded. For more information, call the Regional District of East Kootenay at 250 426-2188 or visit the district’s website: http://www.rdek.bc.ca

Regional District of Central Kootenay:

* The evacuation alert for the Poplar Creek area has been rescinded, effective immediately, due to a decrease in wildfire activity. For more information, visit the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s website: http://www.rdck.ca

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:

* The area restriction that was in place for Moyie Lake has been rescinded. For more information about the fire near Moyie Lake, please visit: http://ow.ly/WtY930ffJPK

However, one additional road closure is now in effect:

Road closure implemented for Etna Creek Forest Service Road:

* To assist fire suppression activities and to protect the safety of the public and first responders, a full closure of the Etna Creek Forest Service Road (from the 0.5-kilometre mark to the Lamb Creek Forest Service Road junction) has been implemented, effective immediately on Sept. 18, 2017.

* A detailed map showing the area affected by this road closure is available online: http://ow.ly/LuJt30ffypF

With the approach of fall, cooler weather has decreased the aggressive fire behaviour that the Southeast Fire Centre has experienced in recent weeks. The shorter days and cooler nights are also helping firefighting activities and recent rainfall has helped decrease fire danger ratings in some areas of the Southeast Fire Centre. A detailed map indicating today’s fire danger ratings is available online: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-danger

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

The public is reminded that the use of off-road-vehicles is currently prohibited on Crown land in the Southeast Fire Centre. To report an off-road-vehicle violation, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 877 952-7277.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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