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August 29, 2014 2:00 p.m.

EVACUATION ALERT

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.

Evacuation Alert Area August 29, 2014

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.

Resources
• 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.

 

 

August 27, 2014 11:09 a.m.

Mount McAllister Wildfire Update

The fire has shown Rank 1 (smouldering ground or creeping surface fire) and Rank 2 (low vigour surface fire) behaviour over the past few days with the most active fire behaviour occurring in the northern divisions. Crews are conducting direct attack operations on some portions of the fire with the assistance of helicopter bucketing operations.
The fire is considered 60% contained.
An area restriction is now in place for the forested area around the Mt. McAllister fire.

During the Order of Restricted 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 from the 18.5-kilometre mark on the Johnson Forest Service Road north
to Dinosaur Lake, west 24 kilometers, south 24 kilometers, east 24 kilometers, and north back
to 18.5 kilometers on the Johnson Forest Service Road. A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/zsRdN
To ensure crew and public safety, and to avoid interference with wildfire operations the public is asked to stay out of the restricted area outlined above.
The following resources are committed to the Mt. McAllister fire:
• 150 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 20 heavy equipment

A specialized Type 1 BC Incident Management Team has assumed command of this fire. The Incident Command Post is located at the fire camp located in Chetwynd at the end of 50th street.

The fire is also being supported by 54 support staff.

For more information please visit www.bcwildfire.ca

 

August 22, 2014 11:33 a.m.

Mount McAllister Wildfire Update

There has been no significant parameter growth on the McAllister Fire in the last few days. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are in the forecast for the weekend which should result in minimal fire activity.

We have received comments today from the public asking whether the W.A.C. Bennett Dam is being evacuated. There is no evacuation order in place for the Dam.

The Northern Branch of the fire is fairly active. There will be some controlled burning done today and tomorrow if the conditions allow for it.

The fire is estimated at 21,000 hectares.

For updated information over the weekend please visit www.bcwildfire.ca. Please remember to stay out of the restricted area while the Wildfire Management Branch is actively fighting this fire.

Resources
• 234 firefighters
• 9 helicopters
• 20 heavy equipment
An Australian Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on August 13. The Incident Command Post is located at the fire camp located in Chetwynd at the end of 50th street.

The fire is also being supported by 43 support staff.

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