Issued on June 18, 2023 at 0900 hours (9:00 a.m.)
Based on recommendations from BC Wildfire, the Peace River Regional District has adjusted the Evacuation Alert areas for the West Kiskatinaw River wildfire.
The areas that were previously under West Kiskatinaw River Evacuation Alert #2 are no longer under an Alert. This applies to the following areas:
starting at approximately km 64 on Hwy 52 N, travel south along Hwy 97 N to the Tumbler Ridge Boundary maintaining a buffer of 1 km east of Hwy 52 N;
follow the Tumbler Ridge boundary west to Hwy 29 S and the PRRD boundary, including Moose Lake and Moose Lake Forestry Service Road; and
travel northeast to a point of intersection at approximately km 64 on Hwy 52 N.
The One Island Lake community and areas listed below that were previously under West Kiskatinaw River Evacuation Order #4 are now included in West Kiskatinaw River Evacuation Alert #3:
starting at the intersection of Hwy 52 N and N Old Fellers Road, travel east to the One Island Lake bridge;
following the Kiskatinaw River southeast to a point of intersection with Cutbank Creek;
continue east along Cutbank Creek from 1 km;
continue south for approximately 1 km, then travel east for 1.5 km to Hwy 52 E;
continue south along the west side of Hwy 52 E to km 195;
continue west along the Kiskatinaw River to the district of Tumbler Ridge boundary, including the Kiskatinaw FSR and Bearhole Lake Road;
continue north along the district of Tumbler Ridge boundary to km 80 Hwy 52 N; and
continue north along the east of Hwy 52 N to the intersection of Hwy 52 N and N Old Fellers Road.
This means residents in the above areas can return home; however, it is important to remain prepared to leave on short notice due to potential risk to health and life safety from the West Kiskatinaw River wildfire.
This Alert does not apply to First Nations communities or municipalities as they issue their own Orders and Alerts.
Map of Evacuation Alert Area
To see if your property is under an Evacuation Order or an Evacuation Alert, go to the Online Evacuation Map Tool and enter your address in the search bar at the top.
This is the time to GET PREPARED to leave the area on short notice.
An Evacuation Alert is issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents and industry operators in the area will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation; however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
- Locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area in case an Evacuation Order is called while you are separated.
- Pack essential items for a quick departure, such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g., insurance, passports, birth certificates, banking and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents, keys, cellphone and charger and if time and space permits, personal keepsakes.
- Prepare to move people with disabilities, children and neighbours if assistance is needed.
- Prepare to take pets and pet care items (leash, carrier, food) with you.
- Make a plan for livestock if applicable. For information on provincial resources visit the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Relocation web page.
- Ensure your cistern or potable water system is full.
- Arrange transportation for all your household and fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
- If you will need assistance to evacuate from the area, such as for transportation, mobility, health or other needs, please call 1-800-670-7773.
- Arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible.
- Wait for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating. Monitor prrd.bc.ca and Emergency Info BC for information on evacuation orders and location of Reception Centres and hours of operation.
Use the Evacuation Alert Checklist to help prepare for a possible evacuation.
For more information:
Sign up for North East BC Alerts at NEBCAlerts.com to be notified about changes to Evacuation Orders and Alerts.
Additional information about Evacuation Alerts and Orders will be posted at prrd.bc.ca.
Emergency Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRRD Emergency Information Line: 250-219-5210
BC Wildfire is responsible for the wildfire firefighting response. For updates and additional information visit bcwildfire.ca.