With the Doctor Creek fire now classified as Being Held, and on the recommendation this morning of the BC Wildfire Service, the RDEK has lifted the Evacuation ALERT affecting 5 properties in the vicinity of the fire.
“We want to thank residents, recreationalists and visitors for their cooperation and understanding over the past few weeks and are happy to see things on the fire front at a point where we are able to lift the remaining Evacuation Alert,” says EK Emergency Management Program Information Officer Loree Duczek.
The Provincial Area Restriction that applies to all Crown land within the vicinity of the fire remains in effect. “It is important for everyone to understand this remains an active fire and an active work site, so people need to ensure they know and respect the Area Restriction,” adds Duczek. “The restriction is in place to keep us all safe and to allow the crews to work safely. The current smoky conditions and lower visibility only increase the importance of staying out of the affected area.”
A map of the Area Restriction Boundary can be found on the BC Wildfire website on the Bans and Restrictions page, under the Southeast Fire Centre tab.
The BC Wildfire Service Fires of Note page on its website is the best source for up-to-date information on the Doctor Creek fire.
“We are so fortunate to have had the dedicated resources and expertise on this challenging fire and want to extend our gratitude to the BC Wildfire Service, the Incident Management Teams, all the firefighters, equipment operators, pilots and other personnel for their efforts,” adds Duczek.
The State of Local Emergency, which has been in effect since August 19th, has also been rescinded today.