Emergency Info

To view more specific information and resources, click on the linked pages:
To Report Emergencies:
Current Emergency Updates:
Regional Wildfire Information

Keep informed on the current Regional Wildfire situation:

  • Click here to view the Evacuation Alerts and Orders
  • Click here to view the BC Wildfire Fires interactive map
  • Click here to access preparedness information about how to prepare in the event conditions worsen and an Evacuation Order needs to be issued.

Area Restrictions remain in place around the following fire in the East Kootenay:

  • Bill Nye Fire (Southeast of Wasa)

To view the Area Restriction map and full details, click here.

The BC Wildfire Service is the lead agency on wildfires and continues to action several fires around the region. To see the latest status of fires, the best resource is their dashboard:  https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/f0ac328d88c74d07aa2ee385abe2a41b

CAMPFIRE BAN TO BE LIFTED AUGUST 27/21

  • Effective at Noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, August 27 campfires will be allowed in the East Kootenay region. Campfires can be no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.
  • The use of fireworks, and all open fires (including brush fires, burn barrels, etc) will remain PROHIBITED in the Southeast Fire Centre. 
  • A map of the affected areas and their associated prohibitions is available online: http://ow.ly/JGbf50FXhcY
  • For full details, read the BC Wildfire Service information bulletin: http://ow.ly/Nxh750FZ3YI

Register to be Notifified of Evacuation Orders/Alerts Affecting Your Property: please sign up for the Evacuation Notification System if you have not already done so.  It's free and available to anyone in the East Kootenay. You do have to make sure to "pin" at least one location. If you have any issues registering, please contact the RDEK and ask to speak to Nathan or Loree.  Click here to register. 

Other Links:
•    FireSmoke Canada - shows the smoke forecast and a visual of where smoke is coming from. While local fires do contribute, much of the smoke in the region is coming from other fires in the Central Okanagan and elsewhere. Link: http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/current/
•    Air Quality Index: The only Air Quality Station in the East Kootenay is in Cranbrook.  You can view the air quality index here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/aqhi

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

BC is currently is STEP 3 of its COVID Restart Plan.  Some provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act.

VACCINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

LATEST DATA / COVID-19 STATISTICS:

COVID-19 Testing - 4 Symptoms to Watch For

There are four symptoms that are highly predictive of the virus:

  • fever or chills,
  • cough,
  • loss of sense of smell or taste, and
  • difficulty breathing.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to get tested right away. If you have one or two of any of the other symptoms, you can wait 24 hours. These symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you feel the same or worse after 24 hours, then you should also get tested.

As always, if you are uncertain, contact your health provider or call 811.

Last edited: Thu, August 26, 2021 - 6:32:34