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Erratic Winds Fuel Fires

An Evacuation ORDER has been issued for the community of Kragmont and a surrounding area to the south due to a wildland fire that broke out yesterday afternoon.

The Evacuation Order covers properties south of 1347 Waldo Road, including Conroy Road, Tranquility Road, Gavin Road, Fitzpatrick Road, Canyon Cut Off, Grasmere-Dorr Road, Dorr Cut Off Road, and Elko Grasmere Road.

“Everyone in the affected area should evacuate immediately. This order has been issued to protect the safety of the public,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. 

A reception centre has been set up at the Jaffray Community Hall and all evacuees are being asked to register at the reception centre.

“We will do our best to get regular updates to the reception centre as we receive them from the BC Wildfire Service and are working to set up an information line.  Updates will be posted on our Facebook page and RDEK website as well,” adds Duczek.

An Evacuation ALERT has been issued for the community of Baynes Lake from the area north of 1347 Waldo Road to Kikomun Road.  “Now is the time for people in the Baynes Lake area to get prepared in the event that conditions worsen and the Evacuation Order boundary needs to be expanded.  We encourage people to gather important documents, medications, papers, and personal supplies so that they are ready to go should an order be issued.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca.

The RDEK’s Emergency Program has been activated to coordinate the evacuation orders and alerts, provide Emergency Social Services support to those affected, and provide support to the BC Wildfire Service as they work to contain the fire.

A separate fire in the Spillimacheen area has prompted the evacuation of a home closest to the blaze there.  The Windermere Fire Department has deployed their sprinkler protection units to three homes to help provide protection. An evacuation alert has been issued for an area from the boundary of the RDEK and Columbia Shuswap Regional District east of the Columbia River and south to Westside Road.