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Continued Progress and Favourable Conditions Lead to Changes in Status of Evacuation Alert and Order in Koocanusa Area

Stellar work by the BC Wildfire Service crews and cooler, wetter conditions on the fire front have prompted the RDEK to RESCIND the Evacuation ALERT for 254 properties on the west side of Lake Koocanusa and DOWNGRADE the Evacuation Order to an ALERT for 4 properties near Plumbob Mountain. 

“For the 4 properties who remain on Alert, it is important to continue to be prepared and ready to leave again on a moment’s notice should conditions worsen and an Order needs to be re-issued,” stresses Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Loree Duczek.

The Plumbob Mountain Fire experienced no growth overnight and cooler, wetter conditions today are assisting crews on the front lines. The fire is 286 hectares in size and is still being actioned by the BC Wildfire Service.

The Area Restriction around the fire, which prohibits public access within the restriction area, remains in effect for public safety and to provide access for crews fighting the fire. To view the map of the Area Restriction please visit www.bcwildfire.ca.

An Evacuation Alert for Lazy Lake was lifted earlier today, and currently the only Evacuation Alert in effect in the East Kootenay is for the 4 properties near the intersection of Waldo Creek FSR and Plumbob FSR due to the Plumbob Mountain Fire.

“While this cool weather is providing welcome and much-needed relief, it is important for residents and visitors to understand the fire danger will remain high in spite of this reprieve and we need to continue to be diligent and follow all restrictions and bans,” adds Duczek.

Currently, there are no open fires permitted in the region, including campfires.  Portable propane fires are allowed at this time; however, they must be ULC and CSA approved and the flame height must not exceed 15cm. 

The changes to the Order and Alert along with the corresponding maps can be found on the Evacuations Order and Alerts page under Emergency Information on www.rdek.bc.ca.