Emergency Info

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Current Wildfire Information

UPDATED: September 15.2022 9:30am

The BC Wildfire Service is the best source of information for local wildfires, fire bans and restrictions, and more. Visit www.bcwildfire.ca and click on the Interactive Map for the latest fire information.

ONGOING FIRES:

  • MOUNT EVANS - N11134 (Approx 28km SW of Kimberley) 
    • The Mount Evans fire was discovered in early August and remains active.
    • It is burning in remote, inoperable terrain and is estimated at 422 hectares in size.
    • It continues to be monitored by the BC Wildfire Service.
  • NORTH of HORSESHOE LAKE - N11880 (5 km N of Horseshoe Lake)
    • Status: BEING HELD
  • QUINN CREEK - N11780 (eastern slopes above Quinn Creek drainage)
    • Cause = lightning
    • Burning in a remote area
    • Status: UNDER CONTROL
  • STAIR LAKES - N10931 (NW of Kimberley in St. Mary's Alpine Park)
    • Estimated size: 110ha
    • This fire continues to burn in high elevation in steep terrain.
  • SAWYER CREEK - N12113 (approx. 40km WNW of Kimberley)
    • This fire continues to burn in remote terrain.
    • Estimated size: 13.9 ha
  • GILNOCKIE PROVINCIAL PARK - N11064 (approx. 29km E of Yahk)
    • This fire continues to burn in remote terrain.
    • It is currently estimated at 219 ha

There is an open fire ban in effect for the East Kootenay - which includes fireworks. 

Effective 1pm Friday, September 2, 2022, campfires 0.5m x 0.5m are permitted. All other open burning (including fireworks) remain prohibited.

Fire Bans / Restrictions in RDEK

As of noon PDT Friday, September 2, 2022, the following will be allowed:

  • Campfires as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
  • No larger than 0.5, x 0.5m
  • Campfires must be maintained by a fireguard, must be attended at all times, and you must have a hand tool or at least 8 litres of water nearby to properly extinguish the campfire.

The following activities remain PROHIBITED in all rural areas of the RDEK:

  • Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
  • Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation;
  • fireworks;
  • sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
  • air curtain burners;
  • binary exploding targets;

A map of affected areas is available here: http://ow.ly/gZEO50Kx9rV

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land in the rural RDEK (outside the eight incorporated municipalities). If you live in a municipality, you should contact your municipal office to ask about the regulations/bylaws in effect.

These regulations are put into effect until further notice by the BC Wildfire Service as a result of the high to extreme fire danger rating.  To view the latest bans/restrictions or get more information, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.
 

Wildfire Resources

What to do in case of an Evacuation ALERT checklist: view pdf here

What to do in case of an Evacuation ORDER checklist: view pdf here

HEALTH-RELATED RESOURCES:

  • There is a Smoky Skies Bulletin in effect for portions of the East Kootenay, but smoky conditions are possible around the entire region.
    • The BC Centre for Disease Control has some good resources about living with wildfire smoke and how to protect yourself from its impacts. Click here to learn more.
  • With fires burning, smoke in the skies, and an uncertain forecast, it can be a difficult time for people. If you are feeling anxious or uncertain, you are not alone. We should all be looking out for one another, checking in on those who are vulnerable or alone.
    • There are some good resources available to help everyone stay safe and healthy during wildfire season: click here.
  • As the hot, dry trend continues those who are vulnerable to heat-related illness are going to be more prone to the effects of the current hot spell. Please check in on your friends and neighbours.  To learn more about how to protect yourself from heat-related risks, click here.

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  • To report illegal burning or fireworks: call the RAPP Line at 1-877-952-7277.
  • To report a wildfire: call 1-800-663-5555, *5555 on a mobile phone, or use the BC Wildfire app.
  • 2022 Fire Season Preparedness brochure: click here. (PDF)
  • Information about our Evacuation Notification System: click here.
  • To register for our Evacuation Notification System: sign up here.
  • RDEK email group. To receive emails, choose at least one area from our mailing list: sign up here.
  • Prepared BC - in-depth preparedness information: click here.
  • Firesmoke.ca - you can see where the smoke is coming from in your area: click here.
  • BC Wildfire - choose “Interactive Map” and click the coloured dots to learn more about individual fires: click here.
  • BC Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan Guide (Climate Action Initiative/Investment Agriculture Foundation BC): click here. (PDF)
  • The Farm/Ranch Wildfire Plan Guide/Workbook (FireSmart BC): click here

Last edited: Thu, September 15, 2022 - 11:58:44