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Background Summary of the Water Quality of Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek

A resident, late last week, observed a substance surfacing into the Brenot Creek. Samples of the water were taken and the results were passed on to the District of Hudson’s Hope. We observed that the contaminant levels, (including heavy metals), exceeded Canadian Water Quality Guidelines. We notified the Ministry of Environment and we issued a water advisory not to use the water from Brenot Creek and Lynx Creek for drinking water, for livestock watering, and irrigation.

At this time we cannot comment on the water quality of water wells that are within the proximity of the contaminated site. We have a hydro-geologist coming in on Tuesday to conduct more testing of the Lynx Creek watershed. We will post information and inform the public as to the quality of water in the Lynx Creek watershed as we receive it.

Thank-you.

Tom Matus, CAO
Office: 250-783-9901
Cell: 250-783-0942
Fax: 250-783-5741

District of Hudson’s Hope
9904 Dudley Drive, PO Box 330
Hudson’s Hope, BC V0C 1V0

Email: cao@hudsonshope.ca

September 10, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Water Quality Advisory

The District of Hudson’s Hope is advising its residents not to use the water from Lynx Creek and Brenot Creek for drinking water, for livestock watering, and irrigation due to the presence of heavy metals (aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium) at concentrations above the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.

Boiling water will not make the water potable.

Abstain from using the water until further notice.

The Ministry of Environment has been notified.

The district is conducting additional investigations and will provide updated information as soon as available.

 

Gwen Johansson, Mayor
District of Hudson’s Hope
9904 Dudley Drive, PO Box 330
Hudson’s Hope, BC  V0C 1V0
Office:               250-783-9901
Fax:                  250-783-5741
Cell:                  250-783-0820
Email:   mayor@hudsonshope.ca
www.hudsonshope.ca

 

Contacts:

District Office
:
CAO
9904 Dudley Drive
Hudson’s Hope,
BC, 
V0C 1V0
Tel: 250-783-9901
cao@hudsonshope.ca
 
Northern Health:
Dr. Charl Badenhorst
Tel: (250) 793-2780
charl.badenhorst@northernhealth.ca
 
Ministry of Agriculture:
Julie P. Robinson
Tel: (250) 787-3241
Julie.P.Robinson@gov.bc.ca

 

September 10, 2014 2:00 p.m.

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Mt. McAllister wildfire is still active, public asked to avoid area

CHETWYND – Wildfire Management Branch is asking the public to refrain from entering the area where the Mt. McAllister wildfire is currently burning.

Wildfire Management Branch personnel often use Forest Service roads to access and action wildfires. There has recently been increased public traffic on these roads, including attempts by the public to access areas where the wildfire is burning. When the public enters an area of active wildfire during suppression operations they put themselves, wildfire crews, and others at risk. The top priority of the Wildfire Management Branch is the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. Areas of active wildfire suppression contain multiple potential hazards to the public, including danger trees, heavy equipment use, and unstable temporary access routes and fire guards.

When the public enters an area subject to active fire suppression, they create a delay in fire suppression activities and could lead to further fire growth and the possibility of putting more values and people at risk. Safe fire suppression efforts depend on the support and understanding of the public.

A map of the current Area Restriction Order can be found at: http://bit.ly/1uf9s1S

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

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

 

 

September 8, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Mount McAllister Wildfire Update 
The size of the fire is estimated at 26,213 hectares. There was little activity on the fire yesterday with 1.6mm of rain. Today we are expecting up to 3 mm.The photo’s below were taken on September 4, 2014 and show little fire activity except for minor ground fires at the front of the fire in the Johnson Creek Division.The pictures do show the extent of the fire damage and the fires proximity to Dinosaur Lake. The fire still remains approximately 8km from the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.The weather is expected to improve on Wednesday but overnight temperatures will continue to be low and relative humidity high. The fire is currently rank 1 which means smouldering ground fires and surface fire, with no spread rate. The Wildfire Management Branch is hoping to start rehabilitation this week.With hunting season approaching we remind residents to stay out of the restricted area.

This Restriction Order will remain in place indefinitely until it is rescinded. Under this Order to Restrict Access, a person must not remain in or enter the area designated as a restricted area by the order, unless the person:

1. First receives written authorization from a Wildfire Management Branch official.

2. Enters the area only in the course of travelling to and from his or her residence.

This restriction applies to the area:
- Starting at kilometer 18.5 on the Johnson Forest Service Road;
- then north to Dinosaur Lake, following the south shore of Dinosaur Lake north to Utah Road;
- then west along Utah Road, continuing west from kilometer 45.5 to kilometer 60 on the Johnson Forest Service Road (toward Carbon Lake);
- then south for 28 kilometers;
- then east for 24 kilometers;
- then north to kilometer 18.5 on the Johnson Forest Service Road.

For more information please visit www.bcwildfire.ca .

 

 

September 3, 2014 9:00 a.m.

EVACUATION ALERT LIFTED

Effective September 3, 2014 at 900 hours, the District of Hudson’s Hope is rescinding the Evacuation Alert for the area of Twelve Mile Road and that portion of land North of Dinosaur Lake including Dinosaur Lake Campground. This includes the W.A.C. Bennett Dam.

Although the District of Hudson’s Hope’s Evacuation Alert is no longer in effect, the Wildfire Management Branch will continue to monitor the fire and actively work on it. The Area Restriction Order, restricting travel and access to the area, will remain in place until lifted by the Wildfire Management Branch.

For more information please contact the District of Hudson’s Hope at 250.783.9901 or go to www.hudsonshope.ca.

Please go to bcwildfire.ca ca for updates.

Evacuation Alert Lifted September 3 2014

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.

Restricted Area Map