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Holiday closure for Victoria Day

The PRRD offices will be closed on Monday, May 20 for Victoria Day.

A few important reminders as we all head into the long weekend:

  • Category 2 and 3 open burning is prohibited across the region, this includes: fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description and binary exploding targets.
  • Category 1 (campfires that are a half-metre high by half-metre wide or smaller, or the use of cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes) are not prohibited.
  • Given the extreme fire conditions in the region, please exercise extreme caution with any campfire activity; never leave campfires unattended and completely extinguish them so ashes are cool to the touch before leaving a site.
  • Avoid having a campfire when it’s windy.

Please note that fire centre bans and restrictions are under the authority of, and set by, the BC Wildfire Service, not the Peace River Regional District.

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Regional District Highlights, May 2024

The latest issue of the Regional District Highlights

  • May is Invasive Species Action Month
  • PRRD brings back popular Grant Writing events for non-profit community groups
  • Blackfoot Regional Park open for the season, PRRD looking for input on future development

Proclamation of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).

First proposed in 2004 and launched the following year globally, IDAHOBIT is a day to celebrate diversity and condemn the discrimination, violence and stigma that members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities continue to experience in our society.

One of our core values at the Peace River Regional District is respect, as we believe that consideration should be shown to everyone equally and without discrimination.

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Feye/Boundary Water Station Alert

Feye Springs & Boundary Lake Tankloaders closed May 16 due to power outages. Feye will reopen by 6:00pm; Boundary Lake reopens May 17.

Doig River Wildfire Information Update

The Doig River Wildfire Evacuation Alerts #1 and Alert #2 and Evacuation Order # 1 were made at the recommendation of BC Wildfire Service. These measures are crucial for facilitating effective fire suppression efforts and ensuring the safety of residents and firefighters working to control the situation.

We understand the stress and uncertainty caused by these alerts and orders. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of everyone affected. The safety of our residents is our top priority. We are working closely with BC Wildfire Service to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

Currently:

  • 32 addresses are under evacuation alerts and are in Electoral Area B.
  • Currently no addresses are included in the evacuation order for Electoral Area B.
  • These alerts and this order for Doig River Wildfire in Electoral Area B are separate from the Doig River First Nation evacuation that is currently in place.
  • These alerts and this order do not affect First Nations communities or municipalities as they issue their own Orders and Alerts.

For more information, please visit our website at the Peace River Regional District and the BC Wildfires Official Page for updates about fires and evacuations.

Doig River Wildfire Evacuation Order #1

Issued on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 21:00 Hrs (9:00 p.m.)

Official notice:Doig River Wildfire EVACUATION ORDER #1

Based on recommendations from BC Wildfire, the Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Order for the Doig River Wildfire. This Order is being issued because of the area’s potential danger to life and health.

Doig River Wildfire – Order #1 is now in effect in the following area:

  • Km 5.75 on Doig Road
  • North to Road PDR MC9
  • East for 6.75 Km
  • South to Doig Road
  • West to Km 5.75 on Doig Road

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

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Doig River Wildfire Evacuation Alert #2

Issued on Monday, May 13, 2024 2100 hours (9:00 pm)

Official notice: Doig River Wildfire EVACUATION ALERT #2

Based on recommendations from BC Wildfire, the Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for the Doig River Wildfire. This Alert is being issued because of the area’s potential danger to life and health.

Evacuation Alert #2 is now in effect in the following area:

  • Km 28 of Siphon Creek Road to Km 36 of Siphon Creek Road
  • Northeast to Road PDR Osborn Access and continue East to end of road
  • North for 5 Km
  • West for 16.82 Km
  • South to Km 28 of Siphon Creek Road

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

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Doig River Wildfire Evacuation Alert #1

Issued on Monday, May 13, 2024 2100 hours (9:00 pm)

Official notice: Doig River Wildfire EVACUATION ALERT #1

Based on recommendations from BC Wildfire, the Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for the Doig River Wildfire. This Alert is being issued because of the area’s potential danger to life and health.

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

  • The intersection of Milligan Creek Road and Doig Road
  • North along Milligan Creek Road for 9.15 km
  • East on PDR MC9 Road for 4.85 km
  • South for 1 km
  • East for .75 km
  • South to Doig Road
  • West to the intersection of Milligan Creek Road and Doig Road

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

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Further input sought on proposed North Peace Leisure Facility

Fort St. John – Area residents will have more opportunities to provide input on the proposed North Peace Leisure Facility through a series of public open houses, plus phone and online surveys in May.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD), City of Fort St. John and District of Taylor have been developing plans for a proposed new facility to replace the aging North Peace Leasure Pool. Three options are currently under consideration and were presented to residents for initial feedback at seven online and in-person workshops in April.

“Nearly 200 area residents shared their thoughts on design options and costs for a new aquatics and recreation facility during the April workshops,” said Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional District Board Chair. “We heard clearly that residents are concerned about the costs and want more information and opportunities to discuss the potential mix of amenities in the new facility, the costs and property tax implications. The open houses and surveys will provide an opportunity to drill down on the details that matter most, and information at the open houses will help property owners calculate the estimated tax impacts for their property.”

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PRRD Seeks Public Input on How To Enhance Safety at Kelly Lake Transfer Station

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) seeks public input on how to enhance security and safety at the Kelly Lake Transfer Station (waste disposal site). In response to safety concerns caused by theft, the PRRD has temporarily closed the Kelly Lake Transfer Station.

The PRRD is currently exploring other options for the location and operation of the transfer station. Recognizing community members as the best source of information for making improvements, the Regional District has launched a survey open from May 02 to May 15, 2024.

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