For current Evacuation Alerts & Orders, click here.
To sign up for the Evacuation Notification System, click here.
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 - Updated 9:00pm, September 21, 2020
Doctor Creek (N21257) - 25 km Southwest of Canal Flats - Effective this afternoon (Sept.21.20), the Doctor Creek Wildfire has been officially removed as a fire of note from the BC Wildfire dashboard. As the fire is well in-hand, this will be the last wildfire update for this season (unless there is something significant to share). Here is the latest from the BC Wildfire Service on the Doctor Creek Fire:
It is CRITICALLY important that people continue to use care and caution when dealing with campfires as it is still very dry out there. If you are out and about enjoying the smoke-free, fall days - please continue to ensure your campfires are fully extinguished and cold to the touch before you leave the area.
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.
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.
Statistics as of 9:00pm September 21, 2020 (Click Here to view the full Provincial Sept.21 News Release)
The East Kootenay has its first confirmed case in a school. The following bulleted points are from Interior Health regarding this case:
Dr. Henry spoke about the cases that are being reported in schools around BC over the past week and a half since school started. While there have been individual cases in several schools, she said there have been no clusters and no in-school outbreaks. They are working to quickly identify positive cases in schools and minimize the risk of exposure to students, staff and others within the schools.
With the announcement today by Premier Horgan that there will be a Provincial election in October, Health Minister Adrian Dix will no longer be participating in the daily public briefings; however, the announcement today is not expected to impact the public health response to the pandemic.
To view more COVID-19 resources, links and former editions of the snapshot, CLICK HERE.
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