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As BC Wildfire Service crews continue to make progress on the Connell Ridge fire, the Evacuation Alert that was issued on August 2 has been rescinded. As of 4:30 pm August 20 six properties south of Mount Baker on the Gold Creek Forest Service Road will no longer be under an Evacuation Alert.
“With the hard work of the BC Wildfire crews and the favourable weather conditions, the BC Wildfire Service have determined it is safe to lift the Alert for these six properties” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Information Officer Nathan Siemens. “We are grateful to all the individuals on the front lines and behind the scenes from BC Wildfire Service who have been working to protect the residents and the properties in the area of the Connell Ridge wildfire.”
The Area Restriction for the vicinity of the Connell Ridge fire is still in effect, reflecting the need to protect the public in areas where fire suppression activities are ongoing. This area restriction includes sections of Gold Creek Forest Service Road and Teepee Forest Service Road. To view the map of the Area Restriction please visit www.bcwildfire.ca.
The Connell Ridge fire is currently estimated to be 1,769 hectares in size and originated approximately 23 km south of Cranbrook.
Although this alert has been rescinded, Siemens says it’s still important for all residents in the region to remain aware and prepared. “We have received some rain in different parts of the region; however, conditions remain extremely dry and we all need to continue to stay prepared and aware as the Fire Danger Rating remains High to Extreme in our region.”
The Rescind along with the corresponding maps can be found on the Evacuations and Alerts page under Emergency Information on www.rdek.bc.ca.