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PRRD exploring funding options for North Peace Leisure Facility project

Decision to delay referendum to pursue additional funding options reflects community input

In response to community concerns about the cost for proposed options for the North Peace Leisure Facility project, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board has directed staff to pursue opportunities for partnerships and sponsorships to help offset impacts to taxpayers before determining whether to proceed to a referendum. The project Steering Committee recommended this step following a review of the outcomes from the Phase 3 Community Engagement.

“We thank everyone who participated in the Phase 3 engagement,” says Brad Sperling, PRRD Board Chair. “We heard that our communities understand the need for a new facility, but have significant concerns about costs. Our next actions reflect their request to explore options that reduce impacts on their taxes.”
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Tupper Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert Cancelled

Tupper Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert #1 is Cancelled

Issued at July 12, 2024 at 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.)

We are happy to share that the Tupper Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert 1 Rescind has been cancelled as of 14:00 hours (2:00 p.m.) on July 12, 2024.

Please note that an Evacuation Alert or Order may need to be reissued if the wildfire situation changes or worsens; however, if that is deemed necessary, a new Evacuation Alert or Order process will be started.

For more information, please contact the Peace River Regional District at 1-800-670-7773 or email emergency-info@prrd.bc.ca.

Category 1 Open Burning prohibited across Prince George Fire Centre starting July 12

The following open burning prohibition (fire ban) has been enacted by the BC Wildfire Service/Ministry of Forests, not the Peace River Regional District.

This open fire prohibition is not an evacuation order or alert.

The PRRD encourages all residents to sign up for NEBC alerts if they have not already done so, to receive emergency information for the Peace River region.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.


PRINCE GEORGE – Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, July 12, 2024, Category 1 (campfires) are prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre. This prohibition applies to campfires (Category 1) as defined in the Wildfire Regulation.

This prohibition covers all of the Prince George Fire Centre and will remain in effect until 12 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2024, or until it is rescinded.

Prohibitions apply to all public and private lands unless otherwise specified (e.g. in an enactment or local government bylaw).

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

  • Fireworks
  • Sky lanterns
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • Binary exploding targets
  • Air curtain burners
  • Chimineas
  • Tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • Outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a CSA or ULC rating

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Tupper Creek Wildfire Evacuation Alert #1

Issued on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 1100 hours (11:00 am)

Official notice: Tupper Creek Wildfire – Evacuation Alert #1

Based on recommendations from BC Wildfire, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has issued an Evacuation Alert for the Tupper Creek Wildfire. This Alert is being issued because of the potential danger to life and health in the area.

Evacuation Alert #1 is now in effect in the following areas:

  • 198 Road and the BC Provincial border
  • West to Hwy 2 and 198 Road
  • Continuing west along the 198 Road to the Kiskatinaw River
  • Southerly, along the Kiskatinaw River to a point due west of the intersection of the One Island Lake Road and Hwy 52E Easterly, to the junction of One Island Lake Road and Hwy 52E
  • Continuing east to the BC Provincial border
  • North along the BC Provincial border to the 198 Road

This Alert does not affect First Nations communities or municipalities as they issue their own Orders and Alerts.

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PRRD launches 2024 FireSmart campaign to empower residents

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is launching the FireSmart campaign again in 2024 for homeowners in rural electoral areas. The initiative aims to educate and help residents protect their properties and communities from wildfires.

As PRRD Chair Brad Sperling noted, “…the FireSmart program is invaluable to our community. It empowers residents to take proactive steps protecting their homes and loved ones from the increasing threat of wildfires. By participating in this program, we are strengthening our regional resilience and ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities. We are also very excited to offer additional support for seniors and people with mobility considerations this year, as these are important members of our community who require extra care.”

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PRRD updates Building Bylaw and launches simplified application process

Following extensive public engagement from October 2023 to February 2024, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has updated the Building Bylaw to remain compliant with provincial legislation and to simplify the application process.

The new bylaw follows the Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia template, and staff have worked hard to make it more accessible to the general public.

The changes include:

  • New processes and applications for simple, complex and temporary building permits
  • New process for final inspection and issuance of occupancy permit
  • New fee structure

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PRRD provides update on the Kelly Lake Waste Station

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) recently received approval by the Regional Board to replace the diesel generator at the Kelly Lake Waste (Transfer) Station in Kelly Lake, BC.

The existing generator posed safety concerns due to theft, prompting the station’s temporary closure on May 2, 2024. During this closure, staff consulted with the public on mitigation strategies.

To enhance security and prevent future theft, the PRRD will install a new propane generator, eliminating the need for on-site diesel fuel.

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PRRD approves exploratory water well drilling for Rose Prairie Water Station

On May 30, 2024, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) received approval by the Regional Board to initiate exploratory water well drilling in Rose Prairie. The goal is to locate a new raw water source near the existing Rose Prairie station that can be treated using the treatment process in the existing station.

Roadmap Ahead

The PRRD hired a qualified professional consultant who has finished the background research of existing aquifers in the area. The next step is to complete exploratory water wells, assess the volume of water that can be extracted and test the water for treatability. After exploration, the final report findings and recommendations for future actions will be presented to the Electoral Area Directors Committee (EADC).

Proposed Action Plan for 2024

  • Line Locating and Notifications: June 2024
  • Exploratory Drilling and Pump Testing: July 2024
  • Well Development, Flow Rate Testing and Water Testing: July 2024
  • Data Analysis, Technical Assessments and Reporting: August to September 2024
  • Report to EADC: October 2024

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PRRD launches engagement on first-ever Regional Climate Resiliency Plan

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is excited to announce the first round of public engagement for the Regional Climate Resiliency Plan (RCRP). The RCRP is the region’s first-ever strategic roadmap to assess the potential risks associated with natural disasters, and to help residents, businesses and communities effectively plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change across the four electoral areas.

The plan will focus on enhancing resilience to extreme weather events such as wildfire, floods, droughts and other climate-related risks.

The first round of public engagement is happening from June 8 – 11, 2024 with multiple opportunities for residents to provide their input.

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PRRD’s Regional Growth Strategy Project June Engagement Events

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with member municipalities (City of Dawson Creek, City of Fort St. John, District of Taylor, District of Chetwynd, District of Hudson’s Hope, District of Tumbler Ridge, Village of Pouce Coupe) and other project partners including provincial ministries and organizations (e.g., Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Northern Health) on the PRRD’s first Regional Growth Strategy (RGS).

We are moving into the second phase of the project and have now scheduled a week of engagement events that we will be hosting in June. From June 8th until 11th, 2024, the PRRD staff and the supporting consultant team will travel between communities throughout the region. We will host community open houses, attend events like the Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition and Fort St. John Farmers Market, and hear from the public, community organizations and stakeholders. We are inviting community members throughout the region to stop by at any of the events to hear an update on the project progress and to share feedback about the development of the RGS.

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