Emergency Info

For current Evacuation Alerts & Orders, click here.

To sign up for the Evacuation Notification System, click here.

For the latest information on wildfires, fire bans or restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca or contact the Southeast Fire Centre at 250-365-4040. 

To report a wildfire or smoke, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 (from a mobile phone).

Every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay is encouraged to sign up for the Evacuation Notification System.  To register or learn more, CLICK HERE.

Wildfire Updates (provided by BC Wildfire Service) Updated 12:00pm, September 14, 2020

  • Doctor Creek (N21257) - 25 km Southwest of Canal Flats.
    • CLICK HERE to view the BCWS Fires of Note page and the latest updates on the Doctor Creek Fire 
    • Effective 12:00pm September 14, 2020 the Evacuation ALERT for the Doctor Creek Fire has been RESCINDED.
    • The Area Restriction affecting Crown land in the vicinity of the fire remains in effect.  For information about the restriction, http://www.bcwildfire.ca. To view a map of the affected area, click here.
    • Fire is currently classified as BEING HELD - Not expected to spread beyond existing and predetermined boundaries lines given current conditions/resources.
    • Current size: 8,050 hectares (estimated)
    • The planned ignition on the afternoon of September 11 was successful.
    • No structures are currently threatened. Structure protection systems have been removed as they are no longer required given current and predicted fire activity.

There is a Smoky Skies bulletin for the East Kootenay - primarily due to large fires in the US that are blanketing BC in smoke. Sunday will likely be the most smoke affected day. Localized smoke from the Doctor Creek will also be present, particularly in the mornings due to cooler overnight temperatures pushing the smoke into the valley bottom.

For the latest status on any fires or a list of restictions/bans, the best source of information is the BC Wildfire Service website at www.bcwildfire.ca.


Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those who experienced damage as a result of the flooding and debris flows triggered by the May 31 heavy rainfall event.

Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. DFA is available only for essential, uninsurable losses.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance

DFA Key Info and Q&A (Word doc)

DFA Application Form (Word doc)

The Regional Emergency Operations Centre remains active and in the event that we do experience any new flooding, a reminder to report it to 1-800-663-3456.

 

COVID-19

To view current COVID-19 stats for BC, CLICK HERE

Statistics as of 4:00pm August 31, 2020 (Click Here to view the full Provincial Aug 31 News Release)

  • There have been 294 new cases confirmed since Friday in BC, bringing the total of cases in BC since January to 5,790 (440 of those in Interior Health).  Here are the current highlights:
  • There are 1,107 active cases in BC and 2,723 people are under active monitoring due to close contact with someone who tested positive
  • 28 people are in hospital, 10 in ICU
  • There have been 4 deaths in BC since Friday
  • 4,466 people have recovered
  • There are 10 active outbreaks in acute or long term care
  • The Kelowna Area Cluster outbreak has been officially declared over
  • Back to school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts, so parents and families can prepare to support their children for a safe return to the classroom. Schools open to students on September 10th.

To view more COVID-19 resources, links and former editions of the snapshot, CLICK HERE.

To view more specific information and resources, click on the linked pages:

To Report Emergencies:

Last edited: Mon, September 14, 2020 - 12:02:06