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July 22, 11:44 a.m.

EVACUATION ALERT LIFTED

The District of Hudson’s Hope has been advised by the Wildfire Management Branch that the risk of danger to life and properties in Hudson’s Hope has been diminished.

The Evacuation Alert, issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope on July 16, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., is therefore lifted.

For further information please contact the District of Hudson’s Hope at 250-783-9901.

Evacuation Alert Lifted July 22, 2014

 

July 21, 2014 3:41 p.m.

COMMUNITY MEETING

Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Hudson’s Hope Community Hall

  • Presentations will be delivered by the Incident Commander about the Mt. McAllister Fire
  • Structural Protection Personnel presentation about Structural Protection and Fire Smart
  • Local Government about Evacuation Order and Alert, and others.

Bring your questions, we want to hear from you.

 

July 21, 2014 1:50 p.m.

BC Wildfire Update – Mount McAllister Wildfire

Size: 15,874.0 hectares (estimated)
Status: Active
• 40% guarded 
• 0% contained
Crews have made excellent progress in constructing guard.
For more information visit www.bcwildfire.ca

 

July 21, 2014 9:59 a.m.

LOOKING FOR MT. MCALLISTER CAMP HELP

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations is looking for camp help for the Mount McAllister fire camp located in Chetwynd at the end of 50th street.

Anyone interested in employment for  various camp duties must be 19 years of age and stay in camp.   Please go to the camp and ask for logistics if you are interested.

 

July 21, 2014 9:38 a.m.

MT. MCALLISTER FIRE UPDATE

The Structural Protection Teams (SPT) are working in Hudson’s Hope to get the structural assessments done. Thank you for your cooperation while they are assessing individual properties.

The SPT and District Staff hare taking measures to reduce the risk of fire to critical infrastructure. This included some vegetation management around critical hydro poles and the coating of poles with fire retardant.

There has been no significant fire behavior or growth in the last 48 hours. 30 pieces of heavy equipment and 42 firefighters are working to push a guard around the accessible portions of the fire.

There are still many hot areas of the fire with some smoke coming up but they are working hard to get some containment around the accessible portions of the burnt area.

The short to mid-term weather is looking favorable at this point, and there is nothing in the weather forecasts that would indicate any return to the fire behavior that we saw last week.

Please remember that the District of Hudson’s Hope remains on Evacuation Alert. For more information on the Mount McAllister fire please visit www.bcwildfire.ca.

Further updates will be posted as they become available.

 

July 20, 2014

MT. MCALLISTER WILDFIRE UPDATE

A quick update from Mt. McAllister fire for today. Wildfire Management continues to take advantage of the favourable weather to get crews and heavy equipment in to conduct work on the fire. They are continuing with the construct of “dozer guard” around the accessible sections of the fire perimeter and continuing to gather resources into their fire base location in Chetwynd. There has been no significant growth or fire behavior in the last 24 hrs.

 

July 19, 2014

MT. MCALLISTER FIRE UPDATE

This is the latest mapping of the Mt. McAllister fire provided by Wildfire Management Branch.

Wildfire Management Branch currently has approximately 40 fire fighters and 30 pieces of heavy equipment conducting work on the fire to construct a “dozer guard” around the fire at this time. Wildfire Management Branch is in the process of continuing to build its resources for this fire.

Mount McAllister Map July 20, 2014

July 18, 2014

MT. MCALLISTER FIRE UPDATE
Structural Protection groups from the BC Fire Commissionaire’s Office under the direction of the Wildfire Management Branch will be travelling through the community conducting assessments of various structures to assist in the firefighting planning process in the event that the Mt. McAllister fire continues to progress towards the District. These assessments would be utilized to best determine strategies and tactics needed to protect these structures.

Little to no fire growth has been recorded in the last 24 hours. The attached photo (Courtesy of MODIS) shows the current location of the wildfire in relation to the Municipality. It is estimated at being 8 km from the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and 15 km to the town site.
Mount McAllister Map July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

POOL OPEN TODAY

The Hudson’s Hope Pool will re-open today. For more information you can call 250-783-9913.

 

July 18, 2014

WATER RESTRICTION ADVISORY LIFTED

The Water Restriction Advisory has been lifted. Residents may return to normal water consumption. The District thanks you for your cooperation at this time.

 

July 18, 2014

CAMPGROUNDS OPEN

The Campgrounds have also been re-opened for the weekend. Please remember that the Evacuation Alert is still active and residents are advised to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

 

July 18, 2014

MOUNT MCALLISTER FIRE UPDATE

Evacuation Alert is still in effect.

Current information as of 9:00 p.m. last night is that the fire has not displayed any considerable growth or fire behavior over the last 24 hrs. Size: 16,000.0 hectares. It is currently located approximately 8 km from the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and 15 km from Hudson’s Hope.

Fire crews are focusing on Protecting life and property; controlling the advance of the head of the fire with controlled burnoffs; protecting structures, including bridges, that impact fire access and egress;
integrating organization of operations with industry and utility companies and local fire departments.

The weather is currently cooperating which is allowing crews to line-locate and begin dozer guard construction. Crews will be working swing shifts to maximize production during this opportunity.

Resources
• 42 firefighters
• 7 helicopters
• 22 heavy equipment
A Type 1 Incident Management Team is working on this fire.

For more information please visit the bcwildfire.ca website.

The District is extremely grateful to all those who offered their homes, pastures, vehicles, campgrounds and much more to the evacuees. We had an overwhelming response from neighboring communities and volunteers and we will be forever thankful.

 

July 17, 2014

EVACUATION ORDER RESCIND

Evacuation Order Rescind July 17, 2014

 

The District of Hudson’s Hope has been advised that the imminent risk of danger to life and properties in your area has been diminished at this time. People under an evacuation order may return.

The Evacuation Order, issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 p.m., is therefore terminated.

An Evacuation Order may need to be reissued, however if that is deemed necessary the process will re-commence.

The District of Hudson’s Hope Remains on Evacuation Alert.

 Due to the rain and weather conditions the evacuation order has been rescinded, however; the Municipality remains on Evacuation Alert and we are advising all resident be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice should it be deemed necessary.

Highway 29 from Chetwynd to Hudson’s Hope has been re-opened.

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.

We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience at this time.

 

July 17, 2014

Evacuee Information Session

There will be two information sessions for Evacuees held at the North Peace Arena, located at 9805, 96th Avenue Fort St. John, at Noon at 5:00 p.m. today.

 

July 17, 2014

Mt. McAllister Fire Update

The Evacuation Order for the District of Hudson’s Hope is still in effect.

Approximately 90% of residents have been evacuated. 739 of which have registered at the Reception Centre in Fort St. John. If you have not registered please call 250-787-8182.

The fire is currently at 16,000 hectares in size with limited growth in the past 12 hours.

We would like to thank the neighboring communities and volunteers who have been such a huge support to our Community during this evacuation. The amount of support has been absolutely overwhelming. We thank you all and will post further updates as they become available

 

July 16, 2014

Urgent – Evacuation Order issued

Hudson’s Hope, BC – An evacuation order has been issued by the District of Hudson’s Hope as a result of the Mount McAllister Wildfire.

The order covers the following areas: The entire District of Hudson’s Hope

Residents under an evacuation order must immediately leave the area and proceed to a Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception Centre to register. Further instructions on temporary lodgings and food services will be provided at the reception centre.

Police and emergency officials are currently going to each dwelling and business in the evacuation zone to deliver this evacuation order. They will provide details about safe routes to the nearest reception centre.

An ESS Centre has been set up at the North Peace Arena located at 9805, 96th Avenue, Fort St. John. If you have relocated elsewhere please call 1-250-787-8182 to register your location.

If you require accommodation, food or clothing please call 1-250-794-5178.

The evacuation order has been issued to ensure the protection of human life while firefighters, police and emergency officials work to control the nearby wildfire

The evacuation order has been issued to ensure the protection of human life while firefighters, police and emergency officials work to control the nearby wildfire.

For up-to-date information and public safety notices, visit the District of Hudson’s Hope website at www.hudsonshope.ca or our Facebook Page.

People looking for current information on this fire can visit bcwildfire.ca, or the Wildfire Management Branch Fire Information line at 1-888-336-7378.

For up-to-date information, alerts and public safety notices, visit www.EmergencyInfoBC.gov.bc.ca

Declaration of State of Local Emergency July 16, 2014

Evacuation Order July 16, 2014

 

July 16, 2014 9:00 a.m.

EVACUATION ALERT ISSUED

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 Municipality.
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.

 

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Hudson’s Hope, the Playground of the Peace, is a unique northern community with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. It has an especially rich past, from dinosaur to fur trading and early pioneering. The beauty of the town’s location along the banks of the mighty Peace River draws people from around the world to come… and to stay.

Latest News

Mount McAllister Fire Update (July 15th, 4:00 pm)

Due to favourable weather the fire has continued to grow and is now estimated at 10 000 ha, and this growth trend is expected to continue through the day.  The Dokie Wind Farm is currently located within 5 km of the fire and is the area of greatest concern at this point.  Wildfire Management Branch is continuing to monitor the fire and will be attempting some back burning and air tanker operations to protect these assets today.  Wildfire Management Branch is reporting that as the fire continues to move it will present better access opportunities for fire suppression activities to take place.  Resources are being re-allocated from other locations in the province in anticipation of these opportunities.

The fire is located approximately 25 km southwest of the WAC Bennett Dam and 25 km west of Cameron Lake. The fire continues to present no immediate danger to the District. Wildfire Management Branch and Emergency Management BC are working closely with neighbouring communities to provide the latest information on the fire.

For more information please visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=501

 

Public Notice

DUE TO MECHANICAL FAILURE AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT THE DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE IS HAVING PROBLEMS WITH OUR WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM SUPPLYING WATER TO OUR RESERVOIR. WE ARE ASKING THAT ALL RESIDENTS LIMIT THEIR WATER USE AT THIS TIME, HENCE A WATER RESTRICTION IS IN IMMEDIATE EFFECT IN HUDSON’S HOPE. RESIDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CONSERVE WATER. … PLEASE, USE OF WATER IS RESTRICTED TO PERSONAL USE ONLY.

The District has completed repairs to the point that we are once again producing water, but we are asking residents to continue to conserve water as we attempt to fill the reservoir.  We will send out another update once the water restrictions have been completely lifted.

We thank our community again for your cooperation.

MEDIA RELEASE – Site C

Hudson’s Hope July 15 News Release

Open Letter to BC Premier Christy Clark

Site C Alternatives Report

Hudson’s Hope July 9 News Release

HUDSON’S HOPE CALLS ON PREMIER TO REFER $7.9 BILLION SITE C DAM PROJECT TO BC UTILITIES COMMISSION

Hudson’s Hope Site C Report Backgrounder

A Review of the Site C Project
Exploring the Alternatives

The District of Hudson’s Hope, a community of 1,100 people in the heart of the Peace River Valley, will be impacted more than any other municipality by the proposed Site C dam. Accordingly, the District has tried to be diligent in monitoring studies and assessments associated with the proposed project. The most exhaustive of those processes was conducted by the Site C Joint Review Panel (JRP) appointed by the provincial and federal governments. Their report was released on May 1, 2014. Given that 457-page report’s complexity, the District engaged Urban Systems to conduct a review of the JRP’s findings, available literature and other relevant information – to clarify.