Emergency News – Archived

Please note that the below emergency news items are for historical record only, and are no longer currently active. For active emergency news, please visit here.

Flood Watch Issued May 21, 2023

A Flood Watch has been issued for the Peace Region by the BC River Forecast Centre. This means, with forecasted rain and some high river levels in the region, some rivers may overflow the banks, which could cause flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers.

There is also a potential risk of overland flooding from ditches and other waterways.

Sand and Sandbags

To help you protect your property, sand and sandbags are being delivered to the following locations tonight, and will be available for pick up in the morning.

Chetwynd/Moberly Area

  • Iver Johnson Park – 6939 Middlemiss Subdivision, Hasler
  • 6511 Wildmare Subdivision – next to the trailer park (look for the orange bin)
  • Yips Sub on Moberly Lake – south side of Moberly Lake
  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall – 6492 Lakeshore Drive

Tomslake Area

  • Tupper Community Hall – 16010 Gundy Rd
  • Tomslake Fire Hall – 15407 Tomslake Dr

Upper Halfway Area

  • Halfway Graham Community Hall – 22380 Highland Sub

Please bring your own shovel and gloves.

For tips on how to build a sandbag wall, see the PreparedBC video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exb2iUgH8cI

For more information about flooding visit PreparedBC Flood Information.

Emergency Support Services Update May 21, 2023

With current evacuation orders in place in the Peace Region, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with partners in local municipalities to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) for residents who are under an Evacuation Order. Our thanks go to the many volunteers and staff who are working in our partner communities to support residents who have been evacuated due to wildfires.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MAY 21 & 22, 2023

If you have moved from ORDER to ALERT: 

  • You can go home.

If you remain under an Evacuation ORDER and you are receiving ESS in ANY community:

  • Renewal referrals will be provided in Fort St. John at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 – 96 Ave, Fort St. John).
  • After hours, please call 250-794-3310.

If you remain under an Evacuation ORDER and you have not evacuated yet:

  • Register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 – 96 Ave, Fort St. John).
  • After hours, please call 250-794-3310.
If you are receiving Emergency Support Services under an Extraordinary Evacuee Authorization Form,
please speak with the Reception Centre you registered with.

Evacuee Registration Assistance Tool

If you are arranging for your own lodging and other service, it is still important to register with ESS. You can also register online and then go to a Reception Centre.

Online registration: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

ESS Reception Centre Locations & Hours of Operation

ESS Reception Centres are set up in the communities listed below, and residents who are under an Evacuation Order can choose their preferred location. Please register with ESS, even if you have arranged for your own lodging, as this ensures you have access to ESS for vouchers for food or other essential items, or if further assistance is needed in future.

Fort St John

May 21, 2023 Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm

May 22, 2023 Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm

May 23, 2023 Hours: 11am to 3pm

Reception Centre Location: North Peace Arena, 9805 96 Avenue, Fort St John

Phone: 250-794-3310

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for food and/or campsites
  • Assistance with filling prescriptions

Dawson Creek

May 21, 2023 – Open until 5 p.m.

Call 250-794-3310

May 22, 2023 – The Dawson Creek Reception Centre will be CLOSED effective Monday May 22, 2023. If you remain under an Evacuation Order on Monday, May 22, 2023, please visit the Fort St. John ESS Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena 9805-96 Ave between 11am and 3 pm. or call 250-794-3310.

Reception Centre Location: Co-op Mercer Hall, Ovintiv Events Centre, #1 – 300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Dawson Creek

Please note:

  • If your Evacuation Order has been rescinded or you are under an Evacuation Alert, return home. No check-in is required at the Dawson Creek Reception Centre.
  • If you are unsure of your property’s status – search for your address using the Web Map.
  • For all inquiries, phone the Fort St. John Reception Centre at 250-794-3310.

Chetwynd

May 21 & 22, 2023 – Reception Centre is closed. Please call 250-556-4173.

Reception Centre Location: Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Road, Chetwynd

Phone: 250-556-4173

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Chetwynd
  • ESS phone is monitored 24 hours a day

Prince George

The Evacuation Reception Centre is now closed but will reopen as needed. Individuals currently under Evacuation Order can renew their support services by phone:

  • 24 hour phone-line for evacuees: 778-675-3735

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Prince George

What does ESS provide?

  • Assistance with lodging, food, medications and other essential needs while under an Evacuation Order
  • Information to assist with returning home when the Evacuation Order is cancelled
  • Other assistance and resources as needed
  • If you are planning to stay at a campsite or hotel, you need to register with ESS to receive a voucher to pay for your accommodation.

Asking for a friend, are you okay?

Evacuations are stressful and challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. It is important to ensure you are looking out for your health during these times. Here are some resources:

Don’t forget to check on your friends, family and neighbours.

ESS FAQ’s

  • I don’t need a place to stay or any food, do I need to register with Emergency Support Services?

You do not need to register for ESS, but it helps to give the responding agencies an idea of how many people have evacuated and a way to contact you if we need to do so.

 

  • I can’t make it to the reception centre before it closes, is there a phone number I can call?Yes, you can call the reception centre in Fort St John at 250-794-3310 or Chetwynd at 250-556-4173 if you are still in the Peace Region.  If you have left the Peace Region for Prince George, call Prince George ESS at 778-675-3735.

 

  • I have a place to stay, but need some support with food. Can ESS help while I am evacuated?Yes you can receive vouchers for groceries or restaurants if you are evacuated, but you must register at a reception centre to receive these services.

 

  • I have arranged my own hotel or campsite, can I be reimbursed for this cost?

Only those that have registered with ESS and have received a referral to a hotel or campsite, will have these services paid for by ESS.  ESS cannot reimburse anyone for expenses that they have incurred.

  • I left my home without my medication. Is there anyone who can help me?

ESS may be able to help you connect with Northern Health to get you your prescriptions.

How to reach the PRRD:

  • PRRD Public Emergency Info Line: 250-219-5210
  • PRRD Emergency Info Email: emergency-info@prrd.bc.ca

Emergency Services Support Update May 19, 2023

With current evacuation orders in place in the Peace Region, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with partners in local municipalities to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) for residents who are under an Evacuation Order.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MAY 19-21, 2023

If you have moved from ORDER to ALERT: 

  • You can go home.

If you remain under an Evacuation ORDER and you have not evacuated yet:

• Register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 – 96 Ave, Fort St. John)

What does ESS provide?

  • Assistance with lodging, food, medications and other essential needs while under an Evacuation Order
  • Information to assist with returning home when the Evacuation Order is cancelled
  • Other assistance and resources as needed
  • If you are planning to stay at a campsite or hotel, you need to register with ESS to receive a voucher to pay for your accommodation.

Evacuee Registration Assistance Tool

If you are arranging for your own lodging and other service, it is still important to register with ESS. You can also register online and then go to a Reception Centre.

Online registration: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

Where to go for Emergency Support Services

ESS Reception Centres are set up in the communities listed below, and residents who are under an Evacuation Order can choose their preferred location. Please register with ESS, even if you have arranged for your own lodging, as this ensures you have access to ESS for vouchers for food or other essential items, or if further assistance is needed in future.

Fort St John

May 19, 2023 Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

May 20, 2023 Hours: CLOSED – Call 250-219-5210 (May 20, 2023 only)

May 21, 2023 Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm

May 22, 2023 Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Reception Centre Location: North Peace Arena, 9805 96 Avenue, Fort St John

Phone: 250-794-3310

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for food and/or campsites
  • Assistance with filling prescriptions

Dawson Creek

May 19, 2023 Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

May 20, 2023 – Call 250-219-5210

The Dawson Creek Reception Centre will be CLOSED effective Monday May 22, 2023.

Reception Centre Location: Co-op Mercer Hall, Ovintiv Events Centre, #1 – 300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Dawson Creek

Please note:

  • If your Evacuation Order has been rescinded or you are under an Evacuation Alert, return home. No check-in is required at the Dawson Creek Reception Centre.
  • If you are unsure of your property’s status – search for your address using the Web Map.
  • If you remain under an Evacuation Order on Monday, May 22, 2023, please visit the Fort St.
    John ESS Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena 9805-96 Ave between 11am and 3 pm.
  • For all inquiries, phone the Fort St. John Reception Centre at 250-794-3310.

Chetwynd

May 19, 2023 Hours:8:00am to 5:00pm

Reception Centre Location: Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Road, Chetwynd

Phone: 250-556-4173

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Chetwynd
  • ESS phone is monitored 24 hours a day

Prince George

The Evacuation Reception Centre is now closed but will reopen as needed. Individuals currently under Evacuation Order can renew their support services by phone:

  • 24 hour phone-line for evacuees: 778-675-3735

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Prince George

ESS FAQ’s

  • I don’t need a place to stay or any food, do I need to register with Emergency Support Services?

You do not need to register for ESS, but it helps to give the responding agencies an idea of how many people have evacuated and a way to contact you if we need to do so.

 

  • I can’t make it to the reception centre before it closes, is there a phone number I can call?Yes, you can call the reception centre in Fort St John at 250-794-3310 or Chetwynd at 250-556-4173 if you are still in the Peace Region.  If you have left the Peace Region for Prince George, call Prince George ESS at 778-675-3735.

 

  • I have a place to stay, but need some support with food. Can ESS help while I am evacuated?Yes you can receive vouchers for groceries or restaurants if you are evacuated, but you must register at a reception centre to receive these services.

 

  • I have arranged my own hotel or campsite, can I be reimbursed for this cost?

Only those that have registered with ESS and have received a referral to a hotel or campsite, will have these services paid for by ESS.  ESS cannot reimburse anyone for expenses that they have incurred.

  • I left my home without my medication. Is there anyone who can help me?

ESS may be able to help you connect with Northern Health to get you your prescriptions.

How to reach the PRRD:

  • PRRD Public Emergency Info Line: 250-219-5210
  • PRRD Emergency Info Email: emergency-info@prrd.bc.ca

Open fire prohibited – effective May 19, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

Effective at 12:00 (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2023, all open fire will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. This prohibition applies to campfires (Category 1), Category 2 and Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulations.

This prohibition will remain in effect until 12:00 (noon) on Sunday, October 15, 2023 or until it is rescinded. Prohibitions apply to all public and private lands unless otherwise specified. A map outlining the area of this prohibition is below.

In addition to prohibiting the use of open fire of any size, the following activities remain prohibited:

  • The use of tiki and/or similar kinds of torches
  • The use of chimineas
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a CSA or ULC rating
  • The use of fireworks and sky lanterns
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size
  • The use of binary exploding targets or air curtain burners

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Emergency Support Services Update May 18, 2023

With current evacuation orders in place in the Peace Region, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with partners in local municipalities to provide Emergency Support Services (ESS) for residents who are under an Evacuation Order.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MAY 18, 2023

If you have moved from ORDER to ALERT:

• You can return home and your Emergency Support Services will end at 11 am on Thursday, May 18

If you remain under an Evacuation ORDER and you are receiving Emergency Support Services:

• You must remain in the community you have registered in (for example, you must remain in Dawson Creek if you
registered there)

If you remain under an Evacuation ORDER and you have not evacuated yet:

• Register at the Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 – 96 Ave, Fort St. John)

What does ESS provide?

  • Assistance with lodging, food, medications and other essential needs while under an Evacuation Order
  • Information to assist with returning home when the Evacuation Order is cancelled
  • Other assistance and resources as needed
  • If you are planning to stay at a campsite or hotel, you need to register with ESS to receive a voucher to pay for your accommodation.

Evacuee Registration Assistance Tool

If you are arranging for your own lodging and other service, it is still important to register with ESS. You can also register online and then go to a Reception Centre.

Online registration: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/

Where to go for Emergency Support Services

ESS Reception Centres are set up in the communities listed below, and residents who are under an Evacuation Order can choose their preferred location. Please register with ESS, even if you have arranged for your own lodging, as this ensures you have access to ESS for vouchers for food or other essential items, or if further assistance is needed in future.

Fort St John

May 18, 2023 Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Reception Centre Location: North Peace Arena, 9805 96 Avenue, Fort St John

Phone: 250-794-3310

Services Available:

  • Please note – there are no hotels available in Fort St John
  • Vouchers for food and/or campsites
  • Assistance with filling prescriptions

Dawson Creek

May 18, 2023 Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Reception Centre Location: Co-op Mercer Hall, Ovintiv Events Centre, #1 – 300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Dawson Creek

Chetwynd

May 18, 2023 Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

May 19, 2023 Hours:8:00am to 5:00pm

Reception Centre Location: Chetwynd Recreation Centre, 4552 North Access Road, Chetwynd

Phone: 250-556-4173

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Chetwynd
  • ESS phone is monitored 24 hours a day

 

Prince George

The Evacuation Reception Centre is now closed but will reopen as needed. Individuals currently under Evacuation Order can renew their support services by phone:

  • 24 hour phone-line for evacuees: 778-675-3735

Services Available:

  • Vouchers for campsites, hotels and food in Prince George

ESS FAQ’s

  • I don’t need a place to stay or any food, do I need to register with Emergency Support Services?

You do not need to register for ESS, but it helps to give the responding agencies an idea of how many people have evacuated and a way to contact you if we need to do so.

 

  • I can’t make it to the reception centre before it closes, is there a phone number I can call?Yes, you can call the reception centre in Fort St John at 250-794-3310 or Chetwynd at 250-556-4173 if you are still in the Peace Region.  If you have left the Peace Region for Prince George, call Prince George ESS at 778-675-3735.

 

  • I have a place to stay, but need some support with food. Can ESS help while I am evacuated?Yes you can receive vouchers for groceries or restaurants if you are evacuated, but you must register at a reception centre to receive these services.

 

  • I have arranged my own hotel or campsite, can I be reimbursed for this cost?

Only those that have registered with ESS and have received a referral to a hotel or campsite, will have these services paid for by ESS.  ESS cannot reimburse anyone for expenses that they have incurred.

  • I left my home without my medication. Is there anyone who can help me?

ESS may be able to help you connect with Northern Health to get you your prescriptions.

How to reach the PRRD:

  • PRRD Public Emergency Info Line: 250-219-5210
  • PRRD Emergency Info Email: emergency-info@prrd.bc.ca

Temporary Entry Permits for Essential Personnel

If you need access to areas under an Evacuation Order, there is a permit process in place.

Please note that temporary entry permits are for essential personnel only – people who have a legitimate need to temporarily enter evacuated areas, such as to take care of livestock, monitor oil gas facilities or other critical service requirements.

To apply for a permit to temporarily enter an area under an Evacuation Order, please submit a Temporary Entry Permit Application.

If you need assistance or additional information about temporary entry permits, please email EOC.entrypermits@prrd.bc.ca.

The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre and BC Wildfire will screen the applications and will assess safety risks. Permits will be authorized on a case-by-case basis. The goal is to review applications for next-day access, and access is based on a safety assessment.

Applications must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. to be considered for the next day.

Map Links for Evacuation Alerts & Orders

Map Tool

The PRRD also has a webmap tool that resident can use to search their address. Please note that this is a large area, so the map takes time to load.

To see if your property is included:

  • Use the webmap tool 
  • Or scan the QR code   
  • Enter your address in the search bar at the top.

 

PDF Maps

Here are the maps for the current Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the wildfires. Please click on the list below to view the PDF maps.

Red Creek/Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order Map

Red Creek/Stoddart Creek Evacuation Alert Map

Cameron River Evacuation Alert Map

 

MEDIA RELEASE May 15, 2023 Evacuation Order & Alert For Red Creek & Stoddart Creek

For Immediate release

May 15, 2023

 

Combined Evacuation Order and Alert For Red Creek and Stoddart Creek Wildfires

Extremely volatile fire activity expected

The PRRD has issued combined Evacuation Orders and Alerts for the Stoddart Creek and Red Creek wildfires, and a State of Local Emergency is declared for both Electoral areas B and C.

“This is a very dangerous situation, and we’re here to support our communities, but we need residents leave immediately when an Evacuation Order is issued as it is not safe to stay behind,” say Mike Watkins, PRRD Emergency Operations Centre Director. “It is critical for residents in Evacuation Order areas to leave immediately.”

Red Creek/Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order #2 affects approximately 1800 properties and includes the following communities:

· Charlie Lake (Properties north of Highway 29 and 246 Road) · Prespatou
· Montney · Peejay
· Rose Prairie · Nig Creek
· North Pine · Altona
· Coffee Creek · Osborn
· Buick Creek · Murdale,
· Pineview

 

A Reception Centre is set up at Mercer Hall, Ovintiv Events Centre (formerly Encana Events Centre) #1, 300 Hwy 2, Dawson Creek. Evacuees can also call Emergency Support Services at 250-784-4681, which is available even if the Reception Centre is closed.

Red Creek/Stoddart Creek Evacuation Alert #3 affects approximately 3,100 properties in the following areas:

  • Charlie Lake
  • Baldonnel
  • Clayhurst
  • Two Rivers and Flatrock
  • Goodlow and Cecil Lake

When on an Alert, residents are encouraged to use the Evacuation Alert Checklist at www.prrd.bc.ca under Emergency News to get ready to leave. If assistance is needed to evacuate from the area, such as for transportation, mobility, health, or other needs, please call 1-800-670-7773. Farmers in the affected area should move their livestock to safer areas if possible.

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Media Contact:
EOC Information Officer
Ph: 250 784-3200
Email: EOC.Info1@prrd.bc.ca

 

Summary of Evacuation Alerts & Orders in PRRD – May 13, 2023

There was significant fire activity today, resulting in several Evacuation Alerts and Orders for the Peace Region. The following is a summary of the current status for the various wildfires affecting communities. Residents are encouraged to check their address using the

Changes Posted Today (May 13, 2023 as of 11:15 p.m.)

Stoddart Creek Wildfire

  • Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order #1 is in effect for properties in the area North of 256 Rd, south of Blueberry River (272 Rd), east of Hwy 97 and Beatton Airport Rd, west of Prespatou Rd.. For more details, including a list of the civic addresses included in this Order, visit https://prrd.bc.ca/stoddart-creek-evacuation-order-1/

There was also a Tactical Evacuation of residents in the Shepherd’s Inn area, with emergency personnel going door-to-door due to the safety risk from the fire, and this area also falls under the Stoddart Creek Evacuation.

  • Stoddart Creek Evacuation Alert #1 is in effect for the following areas:
    • East of Highway 97N,
    • North of North Pine Road,
    • West of the Beatton River,
    • South of Buick Creek Road,
    • South of Mile 73 Road,
    • South-East of Aitken Creek Road.

For details visit https://prrd.bc.ca/stoddart-creek-evacuation-alert-1/

Boundary Lake Wildfire

  • Boundary Lake Evacuation Order Rescinded. The five properties that were under the Evacuation Order are now under and Evacuation Alert. For details visit https://prrd.bc.ca/boundary-lake-evacuation-order-rescinded/
  • Boundary Lake Evacuation Alert #5 remains in place and now includes all of the properties that were under Evacuation Alert #4 as well as the five properties that were downgraded to an alert when the Evacuation Order was rescinded.

For details visit https://prrd.bc.ca/boundary-lake-evacuation-alert-5/

Donnie Creek/Tommy Lakes Wildfire

This is a remote area which is sparsely populated and used primarily by forestry and the oil and gas industry.

  • Donnie Creek/Tommy Lakes Evacuation Order #1 is in effect for the following areas:
  • 89 km and north on the Tommy Lakes Road,
  • Extending to the confluence of the Sikanni Chief River and the Buckinghorse River in the southeast,
  • To the border with the Norther Rockies Regional Municipality in the north
  • To the Gutah and West Gutah Creek in the east.

For details visit https://prrd.bc.ca/donnie-creek-tommy-lakes-evacuation-order/

  • Donnie Creek/Tommy Lakes Evacuation Alert #1 is in for the following areas:
    • km 77 and north to km 89 on Tommy Lakes Road,
    • extending east to Wendy Lake,
    • to the border with the Norther Rockies Regional Municipality in the North.

For details visit https://prrd.bc.ca/donnie-creek-tommy-lakes-evacuation-alert/

 

Areas Without Changes (as of May 13, 2023 as of 11:15 p.m.)

Red Creek Wildfire

 

Important Notice: Some Red Creek Area residents under an Evacuation Alert may be affected by the Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order

Residents in Red Creek Area East of Hwy 97 North who are under the Red Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert #2 may also be in the Stoddart Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order. It’s important to check the civic address list and the map posted under Emergency News, and if they are in the Evacuation Order area, they must leave the area immediately

Residents are encouraged to check their address using the webmap at https://webmap.prrd.bc.ca/map/?viewer=Public&layerTheme=&scale=1155581.108577&basemap=&center=-13337110.324756622%2C7670005.787414556&layers=

 

Important Information for Residents in Red Creek Area East of Hwy 97N

Residents who live in the Red Creek area East of Highway 97 North who are under the Red Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert #2, you may now also be under the Stoddart Creek Wildfire Evacuation Order #1. Please refer to the current Alerts and Orders webmap to see if you are now under the Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order #1. If so, you must evacuate immediately.

Please follow the instructions on the Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order. 

 

MEDIA RELEASE Reception Centre Opened for Shepherd’s Inn Evacuees

The Peace River Regional District is working with the Emergency Support Services team in Fort St. John to provide assistance to residents in the Shepherd’s Inn area who are being evacuated by emergency response personnel following a fire start up this afternoon. When emergency personnel do this type of evacuation, it is considered a tactical evacuation and, it means there is an immediate risk from the wildfire in the areas.

The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre is waiting for further direction from BC Wildfire regarding issuing an Evacuation Order.

If residents in the area feel they are at risk, please evacuate immediately. Evacuees are asked to go to Fort St. John via Highway 97 North.

Evacuees are encouraged to check in at the Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena, located at 9805 96 Avenue, Fort St. John to register with Emergency Support Services (ESS), or call 250-794-3310. Registering with ESS ensures that evacuees have access to support, including setting up a place to stay, sourcing medicine, getting help with clothing and other essential needs.

These tactical evacuations in the Shepherd’s Inn area are in addition to the Evacuation Order and Alert issued today for the Donnie Creek/Tommy Lakes area, which are posted at prrd.bc.ca. The Donnie Creek/Tommy Lakes area is sparsely populated and is used primarily by the forestry, and oil and gas industry. The Evacuation Order and Alert remain in place for Red Creek, and the Evacuation Alert for Boundary Lake remains in place as well. For details visit prrd.bc.ca.

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Media Contact:
EOC Information Officer
Ph: 250 784-3200
Email: EOC.Info1@prrd.bc.ca

Red Creek Expanded Evacuation Alert Media Release

Evacuation Alert Area Expanded for Red Creek Wildfire

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has issued an expanded Evacuation Alert for the Red Creek wildfire in response to recommendations from BC Wildfire. Red Creek Evacuation Alert 2 includes all of the existing properties under an Alert, as well as an additional 451 civic addresses in the following areas:

  • Extending North to the intersection of Highway 97N and the Beatton Airport Road to the intersection of Rose Prairie Road and Prespatou Road
  • Extending East to Prespatou Road, 256 Road, 281 Road, and the West shore Charlie Lake
  • Extending South to Highway 29N, from the intersection of Highway 97N to Bear Flats.

The following properties remain under an Evacuation Alert:

  • From the intersection of Highway 97N and Beatton Airport Road, heading north along Highway 97N to the 258 Road.
  • Heading west beyond North Cache Creek,
  • Heading northeast to Fox Creek
  • Due west to the Prespatou Roa
  • Follow the Prespatou Road south to the 256 road
  • Following the 256 road west to the 281 Road
  • Following the 281 road south to the 254 Road
  • Following the 254 Road to Highway 97N
  • As well as the area 5.5km west of Highway 97N and 4km north of Lyndon Subdivision

To view the Red Creek Evacuation Alert 2 visit prrd.bc.ca.

The current Evacuation Orders for Red Creek remain in place.

As part of notifying residents on the affected properties, the PRRD issued the Alert on its website, sent a notification via the North East BC Emergency Alert system, and posted information Facebook and Twitter. There is also an Evacuation Alert Checklist posted on the website to help residents prepare for a possible evacuation.

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Media Contact:
EOC Information Officer
Ph: 250 784-3200
Email: EOC.Info1@prrd.bc.ca

Media Release – Boundary Lake Evacuation Order Downgraded for Additional Properties

MEDIA RELEASE 

For Immediate release

May 9, 2023

5:30 p.m.

Boundary Lake Evacuation Order: Downgraded for Additional Properties

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has announced 21 properties have been downgraded from an Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Alert, which means residents on these properties can return home. Three addresses on Clayhurst Road and two addresses on Moose Creek Road remain under the Evacuation Order. There are no changes to the Red Creek Evacuation Orders or Alerts.

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“We are continuing to work with BC Wildfire to identify when and where we can safely allow people to return home, which we know is important for our residents,” said Leonard Hiebert, Chair, Peace River Regional District. “It’s also important to remember that there are still active wildfires in the Boundary Lake and Red Creek areas, so please avoid these areas and keep the roads clear as much as possible.”

To view the updated Boundary Lake Evacuation Alerts and Orders for Boundary Lake, visit prrd.bc.ca.

Returning residents are being advised to use extra caution as there are downed powerlines throughout the area. All downed power lines should be treated as dangerous, and it’s important to stay at least 10 metres away. If powerlines are across roads or other access points on or near property, or if there are any other emergency concerns about the power outage, residents are asked to contact White Cap Resources, the contractor for BC Hydro, at 1 250-262-2405 and ask for on-call electricians, or BC Hydro directly at 1-800-224-9376.

With the extensive damage to power poles and transformers from the fire, BC Hydro has advised that there could be significant delays before power can be restored. If returning residents are without power, Emergency Support Services (ESS) may be available. Residents are asked to contact ESS at 1-250-794-3310. to inquire about available services.

To assist returning residents, the PRRD has also created a Heading Back Home Guide with safety tips and resources, which is posted at prrd.bc.ca under Emergency News.

An initial rapid damage assessment of structures in the Boundary Lake wildfire area has been completed, and, at this time, there are three properties where there is significant damage to houses. The PRRD is in contact with the homeowners and has offered them support. The third house is believed to be uninhabited. There is no confirmed information on structure impacts in the Red Creek wildfire.

As another measure to support residents, the PRRD has instituted a temporary entry permit process for areas under Evacuation Orders for the Boundary Lake and Red Creek wildfires. The PRRD initiated this process as part of its standard practice to provide a means for essential personnel to gain temporary access to their property for urgent reasons such as attending to livestock. Permits can be now applied for here or by calling 250-784-4832. Applications must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. for next day access.

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Category 2 Fire Prohibition in Effect 1200hrs (noon) May 5, 2023

May 4, 2023

PRINCE GEORGE– Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, May 5, 2023, the BC Wildfire Service has issued a Category 2 open burning is prohibited within the Peace Forest District and the Fort Nelson Forest District. This prohibition remains in force until the earlier of 12:00 noon PDT on June 2, 2023 or until the Order is rescinded. (This includes all of the electoral (rural) areas in the Peace River Regional District).

All persons lighting, fuelling, or using any of the open fires listed above within the restricted area to cease doing so and to extinguish all such fires.

The following activities and use of the following equipment, materials and substances also remain prohibited:

  • Category 2 open fires
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Binary exploding targets
  • Air Curtain Burners

To review the full fire prohibition and a map of the area under the fire prohibition visit BC Wildfire’s website.

Charlie Lake wildfire (G80190)

*To stay up to date on the current wildfire situation visit the BC Wildfire Service Map

*Register for NEBC alerts to receive important emergency notifications for the Peace River region

Current: EOC Level 1 (monitoring)

May 5, 2023 08:50

Chief Albury with the Charlie Lake Fire Department reports that there was no further growth of the fire last night. The fire remains highly visible but is not a threat to structures at this time.

BC Wildfire will continue to action the fire today and will receive support from the Charlie Lake Fire Department where needed. BC Wildfire has classified this fire as a fire of note, updates from BC Wildfire are provided on this dedicated webpage.

The Charlie Lake Fire Department, BC Wildfire Service, Fort St John Fire Department, Fort St John Airport Fire Department, Taylor Fire Department, and other first responders worked quickly to contain the fire and maintain public safety.


May 4, 2023 20:00

The Alaska Highway has reopened to single-lane traffic near the Wolsey Subdivision.

 

May 4, 2023 – 19:00

The BC Wildfire Service and the Charlie Lake Fire Department are responding to a wildfire (G80190) located approximately seven kilometres northeast of Charlie Lake. This fire is estimated at 60 hectares in size and is currently being wind driven east while displaying Rank 3 and 4 fire behaviour.

Wildfire crews and several local fire departments are prioritizing structure protection with the support from aviation and heavy equipment.

No evacuation alerts or evacuation orders have been issued. If you have not registered for NEBC alerts please do so at nebcalerts.com.

This fire has crossed Highway 97. As a result, this highway is currently closed. Please refer to DriveBC for updates on road conditions.

Fire rank definitions can be found on the BC Wildfire Service website.

ESS Updates

PRRD ESS Update No. 3
As of 13:30, September 12, 2022

The Reception Centre (RC) in Fort St. John at the North Peace Arena (9805 – 96 Ave) hours are as follows:

Monday, Sept 12: 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm

Please note that you must check in at the RC, even if you are camping, to receive vouchers. Evacuees can register in person at the RC, or virtually by calling 250-794-3310.

If you have registered or checked in at the RC, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.

PRRD ESS Update No. 2
As of 12:15, September 11, 2022

Through a coordinated effort between the City of Fort St. John, District of Hudson’s Hope and the PRRD EOC, a centralized evacuee assistance thread has been created on the City of Fort St. John’s Facebook page.

If residents would like to offer assistance to the evacuees of the Battleship Mountain wildfire, please post your offer in the comment thread

A running ESS priority list will also be kept on this status.

To access the thread, visit the City of Fort St. John Facebook page, and the thread is pinned to the top of their page. If you are having trouble accessing the thread, please call 250-794-3310.


PRRD ESS Update No. 1

As of 09:19, September 11, 2022

  • Battleship Mountain wildfire All evacuees must check in with ESS, either in person or by calling 250-794-3310
  • The Reception Centre (RC) at the North Peace Arena in FSJ (9805 – 96 Ave) will open at 9am today and remain open until 20:00 (8pm)
  • Last night, the RC was open until 1am with a peak of 24 volunteers
  • Accommodations are still available in FSJ but backup has been confirmed should that change

The PRRD EOC, District of Hudson’s Hope and the City of Fort St. John have received a tremendous outpouring of support from the residents of the Peace region asking how they can help their neighbours during this very hard time. We thank you all for your very generous offers; at this time, the ESS does not want for anything and should that change, a notice will be put out.

On behalf of the PRRD, we will continue to do everything we can to support residents from Hudson’s Hope and the surrounding area. Our thoughts and hearts are with them, and the BC Wildfire Service as they go into another day facing the Battleship Mountain wildfire.

Bearhole Lake Wildfire: Reception Centre hours

The Reception Centre for residents of the Kelly Lake community will be adhering to the following hours for the next few days:

– Friday, Sept 9: 9am – 4:30pm
– Saturday, Sept 10: Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681
– Sunday, Sept 11: Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681
– Monday, Sept 12: Reception Centre will be moved to Dawson Creek City Hall (10105 12A Street) and open 8:30am – 4:30pm

Visit the Reception Centre today, Friday, Sept 9, to receive a gas card to assist with transportation costs. Gas cards will only be available for pick-up on this day.

OR if you are unavailable to visit the centre in person, please call 250-784-4681 to “sign out”.

The Reception Centre will be open on Monday, Sept 12 for residents with mobility or medical concerns to evaluate continued support through the “Alert”.

We thank the ESS staff for their volunteer support and the residents for their continued cooperation and resilience during this time.

PRRD Wildfire Updates

PRRD Wildfire Update No.12

September 17, 2022 11:30hrs

The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Highway 52 East has now been reopened to vehicle traffic. Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope will be open to residents returning to the community.

Evacuation Order #3 RESCIND – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

  • The Evacuation Order (#3), pursuant to Section 12(1) of the BC Emergency Program Act issued on September 8, 2022, to the area(s) listed below, has now been lifted (cancelled/rescinded), effective immediately. This means you are now permitted to return to the area.
  • There will be a lot of traffic, please re-enter safely and provide space to all emergency and first responders still working in the area.
  • For any residents requiring assistance with transportation to return home, please visit the Emergency Social Service Reception Centre at the Fort St John North Peace Arena or contact the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at 250-783-9308.
  • Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts, or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.
  • The District of Hudson’s Hope has also rescinded its Evacuation Order for the community. The District of Hudson’s Hope has also as issued a new Evacuation Alert, for the Southwest corner of the District.

To review the PRRD Evacuation Order Rescind check here.

To review the District of Hudson’s Hope Evacuation Alert check here.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 11

September 16, 2022 16:30hrs

The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Highway 52 East has now be reopened to vehicle traffic. Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope remains closed.

The Province of BC has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for most areas within the PRRD due to smoke from ongoing wildfires, which advises residents to take precautions to limit smoke exposure over the next 24-48 hours.

Evacuation Order #3 – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support for residents in Electoral Areas B & E through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an evacuation order in response to the ongoing Battleship Mountain Wildfire. Anyone remaining in the evacuation order area must leave the area immediately. All persons are required by law to abide by the Evacuation Order.

The evacuation order was issued on September 10, 2022 due to increased fire activity over the weekend. The PRRD is continuing to work in collaboration with the City of Fort St. John, North Peace Search & Rescue, the RCMP, and Emergency Social Services (ESS) to evacuate all remaining residents immediately. Residents are instructed to evacuate via the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road East to Highway 29 to either the reception center or an alternative safe location.

Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)
The City of Fort St. John has opened a Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 96 Ave) to provide an extension of Emergency Support Services to evacuees from the Battleship Mountain wildfire. For those who have registered with ESS and are staying in a hotel, hotel renewal documentation is available at the front desk of your hotel.  Food and grocery renewals must be completed at the Reception Centre. The Reception Centre will be open from 10 am – 2 pm (10:00 to 14:00) and 4 – 6 pm (16:00 – 18:00). Please call 250-794-3310 for further information.

Registered livestock producers can access information regarding livestock relocation and compensation on the Emergency Management BC Website. Producers can contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 for more information about accessing these services.

Evacuation Alert Rescind – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

The PRRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for the community of Kelly Lake. Residents are no longer on evacuation alert and can safely resume everyday activities in their community. We thank the community of Kelly Lake for their cooperation and patience during this time and all of the agencies that helped support the community.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.

To review the PRRD Evacuation Order check here.

To review the District of Hudson’s Hope Evacuation Order check here.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 10

September 15, 2022 16:30hrs

 The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Registered livestock producers can access information regarding livestock relocation and compensation on the Emergency Management BC Website. Producers can contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 for more information about accessing these services.

The Province of BC has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for most areas within the PRRD due to smoke from ongoing wildfires, which advises residents to take precautions to limit smoke exposure over the next 24-48 hours.

Evacuation Order #3 – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support for residents in Electoral Areas B & E through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an evacuation order in response to the ongoing Battleship Mountain Wildfire. Anyone remaining in the evacuation order area must leave the area immediately. All persons are required by law to abide by the Evacuation Order.

The evacuation order was issued on September 10, 2022 due to increased fire activity over the weekend. The PRRD is continuing to work in collaboration with the City of Fort St. John, North Peace Search & Rescue, the RCMP, and Emergency Social Services (ESS) to evacuate all remaining residents immediately. Residents are instructed to evacuate via the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road East to Highway 29 to either the reception center or an alternative safe location.

Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)
The City of Fort St. John has opened a Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 96 Ave) to provide an extension of Emergency Support Services to evacuees from the Battleship Mountain wildfire. For those who have registered with ESS and are staying in a hotel, hotel renewal documentation is available at the front desk of your hotel.  Food and grocery renewals must be completed at the Reception Centre. The Reception Centre will be open from 10 am – 2 pm (10:00 to 14:00) and 4 – 6 pm (16:00 – 18:00). Please call 250-794-3310 for further information.

Evacuation Alert Rescind – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

The PRRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for the community of Kelly Lake. Residents are no longer on evacuation alert and can safely resume everyday activities in their community. We thank the community of Kelly Lake for their cooperation and patience during this time and all of the agencies that helped support the community. Please note that Highway 52 East remains closed in support of ongoing wildfire operations and the BC Wildfire Area Restriction remains in place.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.

To review the PRRD Evacuation Order check here.

To review the District of Hudson’s Hope Evacuation Order check here.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 9

September 14, 2022 16:30hrs

The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:

The Province of BC has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for most areas within the PRRD due to smoke from ongoing wildfires, which advises residents to take precautions to limit smoke exposure over the next 24-48 hours.

Evacuation Order #3 – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support for residents in Electoral Areas B & E through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an evacuation order in response to the ongoing Battleship Mountain Wildfire. Anyone remaining in the evacuation order area must leave the area immediately. All persons are required by law to abide by the Evacuation Order.

The evacuation order was issued on September 10, 2022 due to increased fire activity over the weekend. The PRRD is continuing to work in collaboration with the City of Fort St. John, North Peace Search & Rescue, the RCMP, and Emergency Social Services (ESS) to evacuate all remaining residents immediately. Residents are instructed to evacuate via the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road East to Highway 29 to either the reception center or an alternative safe location.

Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)
The City of Fort St. John has opened a Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 96 Ave) to provide an extension of Emergency Support Services to evacuees from the Battleship Mountain wildfire. For those who have registered with ESS and are staying in a hotel, hotel renewal documentation is available at the front desk of your hotel.  Food and grocery renewals must be completed at the Reception Centre. The Reception Centre will be open from 10 am – 2 pm (10:00 to 14:00) and 4 – 6 pm (16:00 – 18:00). Please call 250-794-3310 for further information.

Support for livestock
If there are livestock that need to be relocated as a result of the Battleship Mountain Evacuation Order please call 250-794-3310.

Evacuation Alert Rescind – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

The PRRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for the community of Kelly Lake. Residents are no longer on evacuation alert and can safely resume everyday activities in their community. We thank the community of Kelly Lake for their cooperation and patience during this time and all of the agencies that helped support the community. Please note that Highway 52 East remains closed in support of ongoing wildfire operations and the BC Wildfire Area Restriction remains in place.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.

To review the PRRD Evacuation Order check here.

To review the District of Hudson’s Hope Evacuation Order check here.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 8

September 13, 2022 16:00hrs

 The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Evacuation Order #3  – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support for residents in Electoral Areas B & E through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an evacuation order in response to the ongoing Battleship Mountain Wildfire. Anyone remaining in the evacuation order area must leave the area immediately.

The evacuation order was issued on September 10, 2022 due to increased fire activity over the weekend. The PRRD is continuing to work in collaboration with the City of Fort St. John, North Peace Search & Rescue, the RCMP, and Emergency Social Services (ESS) to evacuate all remaining residents immediately. Residents are instructed to evacuate via the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road East to Highway 29 to either the reception center or an alternative safe location.

Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)
The City of Fort St. John has opened a Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 96 Ave) to provide an extension of Emergency Support Services to evacuees from the Battleship Mountain wildfire. For those who have registered with ESS and are staying in a hotel, hotel renewal documentation is available at the front desk of your hotel.  Food and grocery renewals must be completed at the Reception Centre. The Reception Centre will be open today from 10 am – 2 pm (10:00 to 14:00) and 4 – 6 pm (16:00 – 18:00). Please call 250-794-3310 for further information.

Support for livestock
If there are livestock that need to be relocated as a result of the Battleship Mountain Evacuation Order please call 250-794-3310.

Evacuation Alert Rescind – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

The PRRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for the community of Kelly Lake. Residents are no longer on evacuation alert and can safely resume everyday activities in their community. We thank the community of Kelly Lake for their cooperation and patience during this time and all of the agencies that helped support the community. Please note that Highway 52 East remains closed in support of ongoing wildfire operations and the BC Wildfire Area Restriction remains in place.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.

To review the PRRD Evacuation Order check here.

To review the District of Hudson’s Hope Evacuation Order check here.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 7

The PRRD EOC is still advising members of the public to review the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding wildfires of note in the Peace region:


Evacuation Order #2, EXPANDED  – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The PRRD issued an expanded Evacuation Order (#2) at 12:00hrs, due to immediate danger to life and safety caused by a wildfire. Members of the RCMP and other applicable agencies will be expediting this action.

The Order includes the following areas within Electoral Area E:

  • All of Twelve Mile Rd., Josef Rd., Dunlevy Rd., Eagle Heights Dr. and Aspen Ridge Dr.
  • North shore of Williston Lake
  • Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)
  • Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek
  • West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek
  • North to Williston Lake

An Evacuation Alert is also in effect, as described in Evacuation Alert #4 issued by the PRRD.


Evacuation Alert #4, REVISED AREA – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The PRRD issued a revised Evacuation Alert (#4), as all of Twelve Mile Road, Josef Road, Dunlevy Road, Eagle Heights Drive and Aspen Ridge Drive are now included in the Evacuation Order #2 area.


Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The City of Fort St. John has opened a VIRTUAL Reception Centre to provide Emergency Support Services to evacuees from the Battleship Mountain wildfire.
Please call 250-794-3310 to access these services.


Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre) – Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178)

The Reception Centre at the Kin Arena for residents of the Kelly Lake community will be adhering to the following hours for the next few days:
– Saturday, Sept 10:  Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681

– Sunday, Sept 11: Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681

– Monday, Sept 12: Reception Centre will be moved to Dawson Creek City Hall (10105 12A Street) and open 8:30am – 4:30pm


Support for livestock

If there are livestock that need to be moved as part:

Battleship Mountain Evacuation Order:

  • Please call 250-794-3310

If there are livestock that need to be relocated as part of the Evacuation Order RESCIIND:

  • Please call 1-800-670-7773

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca.

The next scheduled update will be released on September 13 at 16:00 hrs, unless the situation changes significantly.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 6

Members of the public are encouraged to check the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding the two active wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Evacuation Alert #3, EXPANDED AREA – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

The Alert area for the Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150) has been expanded, and is detailed in Evacuation Alert #3. The area has been expanded as a proactive measure to ensure that residents have time to prepare should the situation change in the coming days.

The full Alert, including the map, are attached to this update.


Emergency Support Services in Fort St. John – Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150)

For any Emergency Support Service needs for the Battleship Mountain wildfire at this time, residents can call 250-787-8150 and press option 4.


Evacuation Rescind #1 – Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178)

The Evacuation Order #1 for the Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178) was rescinded at 0900, September 8, 2022, under advisement from the BC Wildfire Service. The Evacuation Order was for the community of Kelly Lake including 4km west of the Alberta border, and 5km North of Kelly Lake to 5km South of Kelly Lake.

Prior to returning to their homes within the community of Kelly Lake, residents must check-in at the Reception Centre at Kin Arena in Dawson Creek in order to receive resources.

An Evacuation Alert is still in effect for the area, as described in Evacuation Alert #2 issued by the PRRD.

Residents should still be prepared for the Evacuation Alert to change at any time. In case you need to evacuate, have a grab-and-go bag ready. It’s a small emergency kit that’s easy to take with you during emergencies. Everyone in your household needs one, even pets. Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for North East BC Emergency alerts if they have not done so already. Download the app by searching ‘Everbridge’ wherever you get your apps, or register online at nebcalerts.com.

Emergency Support Services in Dawson Creek – Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178)

The Reception Centre at the Kin Arena for residents of the Kelly Lake community will be adhering to the following hours for the next few days:

– Friday, Sept 9: 9am – 4:30pm

– Saturday, Sept 10:  Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681

– Sunday, Sept 11: Closed, available via phone @ 250-784-4681

– Monday, Sept 12: Reception Centre will be moved to Dawson Creek City Hall (10105 12A Street) and open 8:30am – 4:30pm

Visit the Reception Centre on Friday, Sept 9, to receive a gas card to assist with transportation costs. Gas cards will only be available for pick-up on this day. If residents are unavailable to visit the centre in person, please call 250-784-4681 to “sign out”.

The Reception Centre will be open on Monday, Sept 12 for residents with mobility or medical concerns to evaluate continued support through the “Alert”.

Support for livestock

If there are livestock that need to be moved out of the area as part of the current Evacuation Alert for Bearhole Lake, please make the ESS staff at the Reception Centre aware by Friday, September 9, 2022 at 2:00pm. If you have livestock that needs to be relocated, call 1-800-670-7773 to coordinate their safe return.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca. The next scheduled update will be released on September 12 at 16:00 hrs, unless the situation changes significantly.

Evacuation ALERT #3 – September 9, 2022
Evacuation ALERT #2 Bearhole Lake – September 8
Bearhole Lake Wildfire Evacuation Rescind – Final

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 5

Members of the public are encouraged to check the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding the two active wildfires of note in the Peace region:

Evacuation Rescind #1 – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

The Evacuation Order #1 for the Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178) was rescinded at 0900, September 8, 2022, under advisement from the BC Wildfire Service. The Evacuation Order was for the community of Kelly Lake including 4km west of the Alberta border, and 5km North of Kelly Lake to 5km South of Kelly Lake.

Prior to returning to their homes within the community of Kelly Lake, residents must check-in at the Reception Centre at Kin Arena in Dawson Creek in order to receive resources.

An Evacuation Alert is still in effect for the area, as described in Evacuation Alert #2 issued by the PRRD.

Emergency Support Services (Reception Centre)
The Reception Centre staff and PRRD EOC staff have been contacting residents and disseminating information regarding going back to the Kelly Lake community. Residents must return to the Registration Centre and re-register in order to receive resources.

The Reception Centre is located at the Kin Arena in Dawson Creek, and is open Thursday, September 8 from 9am to 4:30pm. The Beaverlodge Registration Center is closed.

Support for livestock

If there are livestock that need to be moved out of the area as part of the current Evacuation Alert for Bearhole Lake, please make the ESS staff at the Reception Centre aware by Friday, September 9, 2022 at 2:00pm. If you have livestock that needs to be relocated, call 1-800-670-7773 to coordinate their safe return.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns relating to evacuation orders, alerts or emergency support services can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca. The next scheduled update will be released on September 9 at 16:00 hrs, unless the situation changes significantly.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 4

Members of the public are reminded to please check the BC Wildfire Services website for the most current and accurate information regarding the wildfires in the Peace region.

More information can be found at:

Residents that choose to remain in an area that is under an Evacuation Order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire. Crews may be forced to prioritize the protection of human life over limiting the spread of wildfire and the protection of structures and property. Evacuees may find escape routes blocked by fallen trees, abandoned vehicles, or thick smoke, which may limit their ability to safely evacuate. We strongly advise all residents to evacuate the area immediately if they have not already done so.

Support for Pets & Other Animals

PRRD residents impacted by the wildfires who need support evacuating pets or other animals can notify the PRRD Emergency Operations Center by calling 1-800-670-7773 to arrange for assistance in safely extracting the animals. It is extremely important that residents do not return to evacuated areas at this time.

Emergency Support Services

Evacuated residents must register at a reception center to receive support services, such as vouchers for hotels, food, and other personal needs. The Reception Center is now at the Dawson Creek Kin Arena (1101 106 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC), 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Northern Health and Health Emergency Management BC will be at the reception center for any evacuees looking for additional support. The Nawican Friendship Centre has also provided care packages that are available. Emergency Support Service inquiries can be made by calling 250-784-4681. The Beaverlodge Registration Center is now closed.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca. The next scheduled update will be released on September 8 at 16:00 hrs, unless the situation changes significantly.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 3

Bearhole Lake wildfire (G72178):

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support to the community of Kelly Lake through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an Evacuation Order in response to the ongoing Bearhole Lake wildfire. Highway 52 is closed until further notice between Boot Lake and Red Willow, and residents planning to travel the area are reminded to please check DriveBC.

An Area Restriction Order has also been expanded for the vicinity of the Bearhole Lake wildfire and now extends across to the east side of Highway 52. The size of the area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where there are ongoing fire suppression activities, including the potential creation of a planned Ignition operation along the North and South flanks of the wildfire should area and condition assessments allow.

More information can be found at:

Residents that choose to remain in an area that is under an Evacuation Order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire. Crews may be forced to prioritize the protection of human life over limiting the spread of the wildfire and the protection of structures and property. Evacuees may find escape routes blocked by fallen trees, abandoned vehicles, or thick smoke, which may limit their ability to safely evacuate. We strongly advise all residents to evacuate the area immediately if they have not already done so.

This information is for situational awareness and is not meant to be used to base operational decisions on.

Battleship Mountain (G72150):

The PRRD is also providing support through a level 2 EOC after issuing an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert in response to the ongoing Battleship Mountain wildfire, which is west of Hudson’s Hope. The District of Hudson’s Hope also has an Evacuation Alert that remains in place for the community. Structure protection personnel are working diligently to develop a response plan for the WAC Bennett Dam and the continued maintenance of established structure protection apparatus in the Carbon Lake area.

Crews are beginning to construct a fuel free guard from Carbon Lake to the south and southwest. Operations staff are developing an ignition plan for the southwest corner of the fire to build containment in that area as conditions allow. More information on this wildfire can be found at:

This information is for situational awareness and is not meant to be used to base operational decisions on.

Support for Pets:

PRRD residents Impacted by either wildfire who need support evacuating pets or other animals can notify the PRRD Emergency Operations Center by calling 1-800-670-7773 to arrange for assistance on safely extracting the animals. It is extremely important that residents do not return to evacuated areas at this time.

Emergency Support Services:

Evacuated residents must register at a reception center to receive support services, such as vouchers for hotels, food, and other personal needs. The Reception Center will be at the Dawson Creek Kin Arena (1101 106 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC) on September 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Dawson Creek ESS team will be contacting everyone already registered to renew their support. Northern Health will be available tomorrow for any evacuees looking for additional support. Emergency Support Service inquiries can be made by calling 250-784-4681. The Beaverlodge Registration Center is now closed.

Smoke will continue to be present in the surrounding communities, please visit the FireSmoke webpage to have current information on the firesmoke forecast.

Members of the public with any questions or concerns can email EOC.PublicInfo@prrd.bc.ca. The next scheduled update will be released on September 7 at 16:00 hrs, unless the situation changes significantly.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 2

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support to the community of Kelly Lake through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an Evacuation Order in response to the ongoing Bearhole Lake wildfire. Currently, the wildfire is still classified as out of control and the community of Kelly Lake remains under evacuation order due to the rate of spread, fire behaviour, and persistent winds up to 60km/hour expected over the next 72 hours.

The BC Wildfire Service has been working diligently to slow the spread of the Bearhole Lake wildfire and protect structures in the community of Kelly Lake despite the continuing dry and windy weather throughout the region. Fire growth has primarily been driven by wind, causing an advance of approximately 12kms on Sunday towards the northeast. 49 firefighters, 3 pieces of heavy equipment, and 16 helicopters are working on the fires called as the “Battleship Complex” and BC Wildfire is developing a structural defense plan with protection crews and fire apparatus. For updates on the wildfire check bcwildfire.ca.

Anyone residing within the Evacuation Order area should already be evacuated or in the process of evacuating IMMEDIATELY. The reception center in Dawson Creek will remain open at the Dawson Creek City Hall, and evacuees can call after-hours at 250-784-4681 for assistance and support. All evacuees must register with the reception center and are eligible to access vouchers for accommodation, food, and other personal needs. The reception center in Beaverlodge, Alberta is now closed.

Evacuees who require transportation or assistance evacuating their animals can call the PRRD at 1-800-670-7773. The PRRD is arranging for professional agencies to extract pets in a safe and efficient manner, should any animals be left within the evacuation order area.

Residents must not return to the evacuation order area until an evacuation rescind (cancellation) has been issued. We encourage all evacuees to continue to monitor prrd.bc.ca and bcwildfire.ca for the most up to date information.

PRRD Wildfire Update No. 1

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is continuing to provide support to the community of Kelly Lake through a level 2 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) after issuing an evacuation order in response to the ongoing Bearhole Lake wildfire.

The evacuation order has been issued due to the current and expected growth of the wildfire over the next 72 hour period. Highway 52 is closed until further notice between Boot Lake and Red Willow. Currently, the rate of spread, fire behavior, and high levels of wind up to 70km/hour have acted to spread the fire and challenge available resources. BC Wildfire has Structure Protection Specialists working in the community to begin triaging and deploying structure protection apparatus.

The PRRD is working in collaboration with South Peace Search and Rescue, the RCMP, and community volunteers to advise all residents of Kelly Lake to leave the area immediately due to the risk that the wildfire poses to life safety. Residents are being instructed to leave the area via Highway 671 to Range Road 131 and then North to Highway 43 as the preferred exit route because it is expected that there will be significant smoke limiting visibility along Highway 52 East.

“Right now it is critical that we focus on protecting human life, and to do this we need all residents under evacuation order to leave the impacted areas immediately. This is the best way to ensure the safety of yourself and your family” says Chair Brad Sperling, “Now is the time to work together. We all have a part to play in ensuring the safety of our communities and the best thing we can do now is be prepared, be informed, and most of all be safe”.

Residents must register at a reception center at either the Dawson Creek City Hall or the Beaverlodge, Alberta community hall to receive support services. Persons evacuating to the Dawson Creek reception center can access vouchers for hotels, food, and other personal needs. Those evacuating to the Beaverlodge, Alberta reception center will need to pay out of pocket for expenses as reimbursement is not guaranteed at this time. The Beaverlodge reception center will be closing at 10:00 PM local time and reopening at 10:00AM. The Dawson Creek reception center will close at 10:00 PM local time, but evacuees can get assistance after-hours by calling 250-784-4681.

An Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert has also been issued for the Battleship Mountain wildfire west of Hudson’s Hope. At this time, this order does not impact any known residences, and the road has been closed to keep recreation users out of the area.

Starting tomorrow, two members of the Charlie Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be deployed to support ongoing fire suppression efforts. PRRD residents are encouraged to monitor prrd.bc.ca and bcwildfire.ca for further updates regarding active wildfires in the region. Residents impacted by Evacuation orders or alerts can contact the PRRD at 1-800-670-7773 for planning and assistance with any transportation, mobility, health, or other needs.

Information for Evacuation Alerts and Orders

Safety during periods of heightened fire activity:

You can stay safe during a wildfire by knowing your trusted sources of information, understanding the stages of an evacuation, and looking out for your health and safety. Take time to understand where to find trusted information. If a wildfire is directly threatening your community, the best information sources are your municipality, regional district, Band office or local authority. Find out in advance how they’ll share vital information, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, a website or a phone number

The PRRD will share vital information by:

  • Posting to the Peace River Regional Districts Website
  • Posting to the Peace River Regional Districts Facebook and Twitter pages
  • Sending North East BC Emergency and Public Alerts, sign up by clicking here – it only takes a few moments and can be crucial in an emergency!

Receiving an Evacuation Alert or Order can be an unsettling and emotional experience. We understand that you may be reluctant to leave your home and community; however, choosing to remain in an area under Order puts yourself, your family and first responders in danger. It is not worth the risk.

If you have been placed under an Evacuation Order, that means you are advised to leave the area for your safety and the safety of firefighters and other first responders. People who remain in an area that is under Order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire because they may be forced to stop fighting fire to keep you out of harm’s way.

In a volatile wildfire situation, first responders and other authorized personnel may not be able to reach an evacuated area because of a risk to their own safety or because access routes are blocked.

People who decide to “wait and see” may find their escape route blocked by fallen trees or abandoned vehicles, and once familiar landmarks may be blanketed in thick smoke. As well, access to emergency services (police, fire, ambulance, search and rescue) and communications tools (cell and landline telephone, internet access) may be impacted. Numerous fatalities have occurred when people chose to remain behind and then decided to leave only when the fire “got closer”.

Help us keep you and your community safe by following Evacuation Orders. If you receive an order, do not hesitate to leave.

What is Evacuation Alert vs. Evacuation Order?

There are three stages to an evacuation:

  1. Evacuation Alert: A warning is issued to residents, and people are asked to be ready to leave on short notice. (When people choose to leave an area before or during the issuing of the alert, this is referred to as a voluntary evacuation.)
  2. Evacuation Order: When there is an impending risk of a wildfire, an evacuation order is issued and people must leave the area immediately. This decision is based off a recommendation from the Incident Commander to the local government. (Local police or RCMP enforces Evacuation Orders, and oftentimes we assist with alerting people by knocking on doors.)
  3. Evacuation Rescind: An Evacuation Order or alert is rescinded when it is determined to be safe for residents to return home. An Evacuation Order may be reinstated if a threat returns.

 How do “we” (BCWS, EMBC, Regional District, etc.) enforce?

  • There is legislation, including the Emergency Program Act and the Wildfire Act, which authorize various types of evacuations.
  • An Evacuation Alert or Order (not including tactical evacuations) must be authorized by the local government.
  • The BC Wildfire Service also has the authority to conduct a tactical evacuation to get people out of an area quickly due to operational requirements. This type of evacuation is especially valuable when time does not permit orders or alters, when there is no local authority, when a fire is on provincial or federal lands, or upon request from a First Nation.
  • Other acts that concern the power to implement evacuations include: Fire Services Act, Health Act, Mines Act, Waste Management Act, Worker’s Compensation Act, Child Protection Act, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Act.

 How do I know if there is an Alert or Order in place?

  • The Regional District will notify you of any Alerts or Orders put in place. The BC Wildfire Service does not implement Alerts or Orders.
  • The PRRD will also notify you of any Alerts or Orders by sending North East BC Emergency and Public Alerts, sign up by clicking here.
  • If you are feeling anxious, you may check the PRRD’s website for any updates as they happen. If you are in an area under an Alert or Order, we will inform you.

Why is there an Evacuation Order and when can I return home?

  • The decision to recommend an Evacuation Order or alert to the local government is based on a number of factors. These include current and predicted fire behaviour, weather conditions and weather forecasts and site conditions. It is the safety of members of the public and staff on the ground that is the highest priority and Evacuation Orders and Alerts will remain in place until the risk is alleviated.
  • We are hopeful you can return home safely very soon. Ultimately, evacuation orders and alerts are issued by your local regional district based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service, they can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.

What should people do with their pets if they have to evacuate?

If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you. Do not leave them behind.

Who is responsible for helping protect livestock and farm animals in a wildfire emergency?

  • Local governments are responsible for livestock and farm animals. It is possible that you may be able to apply for travel permits for some purposes, and allowing the feeding of livestock may be considered.
  • When emergencies occur, staff from the Ministry of Agriculture work with Emergency Management BC and local governments to provide support when agriculture is involved.

Wildfire behaviour in an evacuation order area:

  • Most people in B.C. have never experienced an active wildfire event. These situations can be disorienting and confusing, and your ability to keep yourself and your family safe may be severely impacted.
  • You may be in danger even if you cannot see the wildfire because it can spread quickly when embers are blown ahead of the fire. These embers can be carried for kilometres and start new fires between you and safety. Sheltering in a home or other structure is no guarantee that you’ll be safe from an approaching wildfire.
  • Wildfire activity is heavily impacted by weather conditions which means that fire activity can increase suddenly and rapidly due to wind, heat and dryness. The wildfire itself can contribute to these conditions.
  • A wildfire can be relentless. Stress and sleep deprivation over several days can decrease your alertness and impact your ability to think clearly. This can impair decision making, slow your reaction time and increase the likelihood that you’ll make mistakes.

Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibition

The BC Wildfire Service has extended the Category 2 and 3 open fire prohibition in the Prince George Fire Centres (PGFC). This prohibition includes Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, fireworks, sky lanterns and burn barrels/cages. This order remains in force until 12:00 noon on October 28, 2022 or until it is rescinded/cancelled.

 

This prohibition does not apply to campfires (a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or smaller) or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.This prohibition has been extended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to the above-normal drought conditions across the PGFC.

Specific prohibitions may differ between Fire Centres. More information about activities prohibited in your area is available online here.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cellphone.