September 2, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Mount McAllister Update and Area Restriction Expansion
The Mt. McAllister fire is now estimated at 25,969 hectares in size and remains 60% contained.
Following aerial ignitions Sunday in an area of concern at the north end of the fire near Dinosaur Lake, a spot fire was detected between the hilltop ignited and Dinosaur Lake (on the south side of the lake). Helicopters bucketed the spot yesterday to limit progress and access was opened up to allow a 20 person unit crew to access the area. There have been no reports of fire on the north side of Dinosaur Lake.
The McAllister fire had less than 1mm of rain yesterday but it is possible we may receive up to 20mm of rain on the fire today.
As of 12:00 noon today, the Area Restriction Order has been expanded to ensure the continued safety of the public and firefighter personnel. A map of the restricted area is attached.
For more information continue to monitor www.bcwildfire.ca for updates.
August 29, 2014 2:00 p.m.
An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).
Because of the potential danger to life and health hazard due to fire in the immediate area, the District of Hudson’s Hope has issued an Evacuation Alert for the following Areas:
1. Zone 1 which includes the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and 12 Mile Road as outlined in the Map Below, and;
2. That portion of Zone 6 North of Dinosaur Lake which includes Dinosaur Lake Campground as outlined in the map below.
An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or the property should it be found necessary.
You will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:
• Locate all guests or co-workers and designate a Reception Centre outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
• Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.
• Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children.
• Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
• Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-783-0680
• Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centers will be opened if required.
• Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.
Further information will be posted on the District of Hudson’s Hope Facebook page and website at www.hudsonshope.ca as it becomes available. Or you can call the Municipal Office at 250-783-9901.
August 29, 2014 10:38 a.m.
Mount McAllister Wilfire Weekend Advisory
On Wednesday, August 27, the Mount McAllister fire demonstrated active fire behavior and growth along the Johnson Creek Road due to the high winds and dry weather.
The fire is approaching the Southwest side of Dinosaur Lake and the Wildfire Management Branch (WMB) has advised us that if the fire shows any significant growth there is a chance that some portions of the District could be put on evacuation alert. This will depend highly on weather and wind over the next few days.
We would like to recommend that all residents look for updates over the long weekend. Should any alerts be put in place there will be members of the RCMP going door to door, notices posted on facebook and social media, radio broadcasts and flyers posted around town where necessary.
We hope that everyone has a safe and happy long weekend. For more information please call the Municipal Office during business hours at 250-783-9901.
• 148 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 20 heavy equipment
A Type 1 BC Incident Management Team has assumed command of this fire. This fire is being supported by 63 overhead and specialty staff. The Incident Command Post is located at the fire camp located in Chetwynd at the end of 50th street.