BREAKING: Moyie evacuation orders, alerts rescinded

The cooler temperatures and rain today have resulted in encouraging progress on the fire front, including the official rescinding of the evacuation order for the Moyie area effective 6:00 PM tonight.

“This is an exciting day,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek. “Not only are we pleased to be able to see everyone in the Moyie area able to head back home safely tonight, we have also been able to lift a number of alerts across the region. What a difference a week makes.” Residents are asked to wait until 6:00 PM to return home.

Evacuees from the Moyie area are encouraged to visit the Canadian Red Cross desk at the ESS Reception Centre at the curling rink to pick up a cleaning kit and determine what re-entry assistance they may be eligible for. The Red Cross hours are 9 AM to 4 PM. They can also be reached at 1-800-863-6582. There are also information packages available for pick up that include details of what to expect and tips for re-entry.

In addition to the rescinding of the evacuation order for the Lamb Creek fire, a number of evacuation alerts have been rescinded this afternoon:

· Lamb Creek Fire (Moyie Area): evacuation alert Rescinded for Porto Rico Road, Moyie Vista, Hidden Valley Road, Owl’s Nest, Moyie townsite, Eagles Nest, and both sides of Highway 3/95 south of Braunagel Road to Stone Creek

· White River Complex Fire: evacuation alert rescinded – Whiteswan Area

· Linklater Fire: – evacuation alert rescinded – Newgate/West Koocanusa – for the community of Newgate south to the US Border – including Sunshine Houseboats, Sandy Shores, and Madera Ranch RV resort

“In spite of this progress, it’s important for people around the region to remember that we still have a number of active fires burning in the East Kootenay and there are a number of area restrictions around those fires that must be adhered to,” adds Duczek. For more information on the area restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.

The Off Road Vehicle Prohibition and campfire ban remain in place.

“We want to thank the residents of Moyie for their tremendous cooperation and patience,” adds Duczek. “This has been an extraordinary fire season and we also owe our heartfelt thanks to the men and women from the BC Wildfire Service who have worked tirelessly on the front lines and behind the scenes to protect us all summer.”

For the latest status of wildfires, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

Just Posted

Fernie Museum fundraiser a blast from the past

Retro themed evening raises over $10,000 for museum programming

Fernie Alpine Resort opens for preview weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort will be opening for a preview weekend, this Saturday and Sunday

Local boys raise money for sick children in unconventional way

Four local boys have found a way to use their passion for… Continue reading

Skid Steer stolen from Sparwood Transfer Station

Elk Valley RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance with a theft that… Continue reading

Golf pro has big plans for Sparwood Golf Course

Golf pro looks to a promising future for golf in Sparwood

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Cokato resident receives Order of Canada

Dr. Bryan Kolb has been instrumental in helping society understand what happens inside our heads

Mainroad discusses road conditions, standards

Last week, Mainroad, the Ministry of Transportation, the City of Fernie and… Continue reading

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Winning Lotto 6/49 purchased in Kelowna

Some lucky man or woman purchased a winning 6/49 ticket in Kelowna.

Public against wildfire monument in Kamloops

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District announced the monument to commemorate volunteers’ efforts

Charge laid against B.C. man in alleged cat torture

Joshua Michael Lemire, 20, has been charged with one count of causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal.

Oxford Dictionary responds by video to Victoria boy’s bid for levidrome

William Shatner tweet garners attention of Oxford

Site C allows more wind, solar energy, experts say

Lawyer, economist argue for completion of B.C. Hydro dam

Most Read