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 - 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:

  • The final mapped size of the fire is 7,645.0 hectares
  • The Incident Management Team (IMT) turned over the response and monitoring of the Doctor Creek wildfire back to the Invermere Fire Zone and the Southeast Fire Centre as of Noon on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
  • Nearby communities can still expect to see smoke within the fire's perimeter over the coming weeks. This is common with large wildfires and smoke will continue to be visible until there is significant rainfall at the site.
  • The fire will be monitored closely over the coming days and weeks. Crew members were working today to demobilize gear and equipment from the site.
  • A reminder that the Area Restriction has been rescinded.

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.

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

Statistics as of 9:00pm September 21, 2020  (Click Here to view the full Provincial Sept.21 News Release)

Local Update

The East Kootenay has its first confirmed case in a school. The following bulleted points are from Interior Health regarding this case:

  • There is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a student at JA Laird Elementary in Invermere.
  • When there is a positive COVID-19 case at a school, Interior Health will follow up directly with anyone who has potentially been exposed.
  • IH public health has a robust contact tracing process and parents of students who may be at risk of exposure will be contacted directly by IH public health.
  • If parents have not been contacted, it is because their child is not impacted.
  • All student cases will be posted on the IH public website here: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/school-exposures/
  • IH will work closely with the school district to ensure parents have the accurate information they need.
  • If there is a broader risk to other students, families or the community, Interior Health will issue a public notice.
  • Processes are in place to protect the privacy of all individuals, particularly children and youth, and ensure people have the information they need. IH will not provide specifics about individual cases and circumstances.
  • IH continues to urge everyone to follow public health guidance related to COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19 and call to get tested. IH knows people are concerned, but if you do not have symptoms, you do not need to get tested.

Provincial Update:

  • Since Friday, there have been 366 new positive cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases in BC since January 1st to 8,208 (including 508 in Interior Health)
  • Between September 4-17, there have been 4 positive cases in the East Kootenay, bringing our total since January 1st to 27.
  • There are currently 1,987 active cases in BC and 3,233 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to someone who tested positive.
  • There are currently 60 people in hospital and 21 in ICU.  Since Friday, there were 4 deaths in BC bringing the pandemic total in our Province to 227.
  • 5,972 people have recovered.

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.

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

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Last edited: Tue, September 22, 2020 - 12:16:04