The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor the wildfire situation in the Boundary region,
RDKB staff said there are currently more than 151 fires burning within the Southeast Fire Centre with 80 addresses remaining on Evacuation Alert in the region, including three areas near the Santa Rosa, Toronto Creek and Lynch Creek fires.
RDKB staff said there are no change to alerts at this time. (Updated information in Bold Print.)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued Evacuation ALERTS for two areas:
Smoke from wildfires throughout BC has prompted Interior Health to once again issue a statement cautioning the public about the poor air quality.
Dr. Trevor Corneil, Chief Medical Health Officer & VP Population Health said in the statement that wildfires across the province have resulted in smoky skies and poor air quality for many Interior Health communities.
There are currently several road closures and area restrictions in effect within the Southeast Fire Centre to help ensure the safety of the public and firefighting personnel and to avoid interference with fire-control activities, including Highway 3 Kootenay Pass.
The Highway was forced to shutdown due to an increase in smoke and rolling debris from this fire tonight. In the interest of public safety, Highway 3 is now closed in both directions.
The missing woman from Cranbrook has been found.
Louise Baxter, 52, who has been missing since Sunday August 12, has been located following an extensive search initiated when she failed to return from a short walk in Jumbo Pass.
RCMP in the East Kootenay said Baxter had been on a hike with friends and had ventured out with her dog for a break. Police said when she failed to return police were contacted.
Two wildfires in the Arrow region are being closely monitored by BC Wildfire Service crews the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Wednesday.
The South of Renata Creek blaze and Santa Rosa wildfire are both being closely monitored as BC Wildfire Service is prioritizing these new fires and responding to them accordingly
The two Arrow fires add to a handful of which are of note in the Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.
South of Renata Creek wildfire:
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has added 25 more properties on evacuation alert in the Lynch Creek area of the Granby River Valley on Wednesday, August 15.
This decision, announced Wednesday in a RDKB media release, means a total of 80 addresses or close to 200 people are now on evacuation alert in the RDKB.
Below are notes on some fires of interest in the region:
Yesterday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. The community of Shields, located further south along the lake, is now included in the alert area to align with the area identified by BC Wildfire Service.
A map of the amended alert area follows, and it can also be found on the RDCK website here.
The BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.
This past Friday, an evacuation order was issued for areas that included the BC SPCA’s Quesnel Branch. We’ve also taken the precautionary measure of evacuating animals from our Williams Lake Branch. Staff and volunteers worked quickly to evacuate a total of 60 animals to shelters throughout the Lower Mainland.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. A map of the alert area follows, or it can be found on the RDCK website here.
There are three fires currently active in the area, all of which were discovered on Saturday, August 11: