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.
EOC Information Officer
Ph: 250 784-3200