Fort St. James Fire Information

//Fort St. James Fire Information

Fort St. James Fire Information


September 3, 2018 09:20
While the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and harvesters are reminded that an “area restriction” order is in place for Crown land in the vicinity of the Shovel Lake wildfire.
This area restriction is being implemented to protect public safety – due to this wildfire’s behaviour and potential impacts on forest service roads (such as fire-damaged trees and nearby fire activity) – and to avoid interference with firefighting activities.
This order will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, 2018, or until it is rescinded.
This order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries shown on the map that is posted online at: http://ow.ly/EYaT30lyPvw
Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter this restricted area without prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area only in the course of:
* travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;
* using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
* travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;
* travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; or
* travelling through or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

September 2, 2018 12:25

EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED

September 2, 2018

The District of Fort St. James has been advised that the imminent danger due to the Shovel Lake Fire to life and property of residents the District of Fort St. James has diminished at this time.

Effective at 12:00 NOON, September 2, 2018 the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded for all 872 properties in the District of Fort St. James.

While the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded, conditions in the region continue to be dry. Residents and visitors should be vigilant and aware that the fire hazard remains high to extreme.

A campfire ban remains in place. All campfires are prohibited.

If you see smoke from a wildfire, report it at *5555 from a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555. If there is threat to life call 9-1-1.

The Local State of Emergency will remain in effect for the District of Fort St. James in the event that future Evacuation Alerts or Orders are needed .

 

Mayor, Rob MacDougall

District of Fort St. James

 

September 2, 2018 10:05 hours
EOC Update
The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.
Wildfire Update
The fire took scattered rain overnight. The Shovel Lake Fire is now designated as being held, meaning that with the resources currently committed to the fire, sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecast conditions.
Despite the fire taking sustained winds from the west on Friday up to 60 km/hr, it stayed within containment lines.
The most activity continues in the northeast and southeast corners but did not significantly grow beyond the current perimeter. Resources are working to fortify these corners and cool fire behaviour.
Crews have done some hand lighting on the west side and in the Hannay area to secure the perimeter, taking advantage of good conditions and the western winds.
Weather
Today’s winds are forecast to be SW-W 15-20 km/hr, with high temperatures in the mid to high teens and minimum relative humidity in the 40% range. Some further scattered showers are possible.

September 1, 2018 09:05 AM

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Wildfire Update

The area around the Shovel Fire experienced sustained westerly winds gusting up to 60 kph throughout Friday. There was little rain over the fire ground, with the vast majority of the area reporting no rainfall at all.

Most fire activity was seen around the north and south eastern perimeters, however the fire remained within identified containment lines. Ground crews conducted back burning on the western side of the fire, using the winds to their advantage. Crews continued to work on the northern flank around the Sutherland Drainage where they have tied the containment lines into the park boundary.

Aircraft and machinery continued to support ground crews with the implementation of their objectives.

Weather

Today’s forecast is for SW/W winds 15-20 kph, gusting 30 km/hr. A temperature range of 15 – 18 degrees and relative humidity of approximately 35%. Isolated, light showers are possible in some areas.

August 31, 2018 10:00

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Weather Forecast          

Temperatures today are forecast to be in the low 20’s, relative humidity of approximately 35% and winds from the south/ south west gusting to 50 kph. Winds are forecast to ease coming into Saturday morning.

EXTERNAL AGENCY UPDATES

BC Wildfire Liaison:

Updated mapping has the fire size at 92,225 ha. The fire remained calm throughout Thursday morning, however as temperatures and winds increased so too did the fire intensity within the identified containment lines.

Predominant fire behaviour was on the northeast and southeast corners throughout Thursday. Crews took advantage of favourable conditions and undertook planned burning with the support of water bombing aircraft on the northeast corner off of the Bud Road.

There is still active fire on the north flank in the Sutherland Drainage, however crews have tied the fire activity in to the park boundary and continue working to protect timber values. There were some light, scattered showers across areas of the fire ground yesterday, however it had little to no effect due to the underlying dryness of fuels and soil layers.

School District 91

If Fort St James Remains under ‘Alert’ on Tuesday Sept 4th there will be no school for students.  If the Alert is lifted between today and Sept 4th schools and buses will run as normal. – https://www.sd91.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Aug-30-UPDATE.pdf

 

August 30, 2018 10:00

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Wildfire Update

The Shovel Lake fire has remained fairly static over the last few days. The fire will likely burn within identified containment lines for some time yet. Most activity over the past few days has occurred in the north/north east sections by the Bud Road and Hannay Lake/ Sutherland Park areas.

Afternoon winds have strengthened slightly, but pose no immediate concern to our strategies. Crews will continue to respond to any activity with the support of heavy equipment and aircraft.

Focus areas will include the eastern flank where crews will continue mop-up where required. Current conditions are allowing us to use heavy machinery to ‘tight-line’ the fire perimeter in some locations. This means that we can work close to the existing fire perimeter, creating an initial guard within the broader containment lines that have already been constructed along the Barlow and Dog Creek roads.

While the fire remains active on the north flank in the Sutherland Drainage, crews have tied the fire activity in to the park boundary and are working to protect timber values.

Weather

Fire Weather Summary Thursday

Cloudy with a chance of light precipitation or thundershower. Winds from the southwest-west 15-20km/h gusting to 30km/h. Maximum temperature 16 degrees with a minimum relative humidity of 30%.

Outlook
Overcast conditions are set to continue with temperatures in the mid-teens and a 30% chance of precipitation. The winds are forecast to be calmer than preceding days with a prevailing westerly wind.

FAQ’s

What support is available if my employment has been impacted as a result of wildfire activity?

Those that have had their employment impacted by the wildfires are advised that a special reference code has been put in place to allow Service Canada to process EI claims related to #bcwildfires in Western Canada. Affected workers are encouraged to apply for EI benefits online or in person as soon as possible, even without a Record of Employment (ROE). More information is available online at http://ow.ly/TMTx30lwRHb

I have returned home after self-evacuating. Do I need to check in with anyone?

Yes. Please check in with Fort St. James Emergency Social Services at 250-996-8233 so they know you are back in the community.  ESS Services are available at the District office Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

 

August 29, 2018 09:40

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Wildfire Update

Fair visibility yesterday allowed crews and heavy equipment to be supported by bucketing helicopters for most of the day. As afternoon winds picked up; crews had to be especially cautious as many wildfire affected trees were falling due to compromised stability.

No significant growth on any of the Fraser Complex wildfires yesterday, though with the stronger winds and some “fuel finding” fire behaviour of moving into available adjacent fuels, crews were responding to activity along the perimeters in several areas.

Also, thanks to all those who stopped by the Fort St. James tailgate meeting tonight to chat with the BC Wildfire Service’s Mike McCulley and Matthew Reeves (and especially those who sang happy birthday to Mike!).

Weather

Wednesday – Mainly cloudy with scattered showers developing. Risk of an afternoon thundershower. Wind becoming southwest 15-20 km/h with gusts to 30 km/h. Possible stronger gusts near thundershowers. Min Relative Humidity (RH) near 40%. High near 16 degrees.

Thursday – Mainly cloudy. Slight chance of light shower. Winds Northwest 15 – 20. High 16. Min RH mid 30’s.

Outlook – A mix of sun and cloud. Max temperature Friday close to 20 cooling Saturday. Westerly winds 15 to 20 and RH in the 30% rising Saturday.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How come the information in our updates does not seem to be changing? Our information flow is matched to the situation, as the event stabilises the information becomes less reactive and stabilises.
  2. How come we are getting less updates? As the event is stabilised we have less to update the community on, our communication is no longer reactive. Going forward we will update daily and not multiple times a day.

August 28, 2018 13:07

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
There will be a Community Wildfire Information Tailgate Meeting lead by Mike McCulley of BC Wildfires tonight (August 28) at 7:00 PM in the Save-On Foods parking lot.

August 27, 2018 11:40

Wildfire Update
The BC Wildfire Service continues to implement an Area Order Restriction for the Shovel Lake Fire, and asks for the public to respect this restriction by staying out of the area. This restriction is in place to aid in the safety of the public and first responders, and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts. The area restriction will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, 2018, or until the order is rescinded. The area restriction order applies to all Crown land outlined on the map (including recreational campgrounds) that is available online at BC Wildfire

 

August 26, 2018 22:45

Wildfire Update
Fire behaviour on the north east flank is expected to increase as extremely dry conditions continue. The fire will be visible from Fort Saint James and the surrounding communities, but remains within containment lines.

Additional crews and equipment will continue to arrive on this flank tomorrow, and their efforts to reinforce guard and containment lines may be supported by helicopters and skimmers as necessary.

Smokey conditions are likely to return over the next few days as winds shift to a south-westerly flow.

August 26, 2018 17:30

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Wildfire Update

The BC Wildfire Service has issued an expanded Area Order Restriction as of 0800 Pacific Daylight Time on August 27, 2018 to protect public safety and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts. The area restriction will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, 2018, or until the order is rescinded. The area restriction order applies to all Crown land outlined on the map (including recreational campgrounds) that is available online at: http://ow.ly/EYaT30lyPvw.

Conservation Officers and Natural Resource Officers will be patrolling the restricted area and ticketing offenders – please respect this closure as the area is not safe for public.

More ground crews will be assigned tomorrow to the North Eastern flank of the fire.

 

 

August 26, 2018 11:00

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

The public is reminded to refrain from areas where firefighting personnel and equipment are working.  Boaters are advised to stay a safe distance away if skimmers are on or approaching lakes.

Wildfire Update

The east flank of the Shovel Lake fire has shown no significant growth towards highway 27 or Fort St James over the last several days. Yesterday, air tankers, skimmers and helicopters with buckets were used to assist ground crews and heavy equipment in their efforts to reinforce guard lines on the north east flank.

Clear skies and windy conditions may cause fire activity to increase today, but crews are in place and will be working to contain any challenge to the guard lines that may result from this increased fire behaviour.   Aircraft will continue to support these crews throughout the day, as required.

 

FAQ’s

What support is available if my employment has been impacted as a result of wildfire activity?

Those that have had their employment impacted by the wildfires are advised that a special reference code has been put in place to allow Service Canada to process EI claims related to #bcwildfires in Western Canada. Affected workers are encouraged to apply for EI benefits online or in person as soon as possible, even without a Record of Employment (ROE). More information is available online at http://ow.ly/TMTx30lwRHb

I have returned home after self-evacuating. Do I need to check in with anyone?

Yes. Please check in with Fort St. James Emergency Social Services at 250-996-8233 so they know you are back in the community.  ESS Services are available at the District office Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

 

August 25, 2018 16:00

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

The public is reminded to refrain from areas where firefighting personnel and equipment are working.  Boaters are advised to stay a safe distance away if skimmers are on or approaching lakes.

Wildfire Update

The Shovel Lake wildfire has not grown significantly towards the community of Fort St James or Highway 27 in several days.

Northerly winds combined with cooler temperatures have resulted in minimal fire behavior on the north east and south east flanks. However, conditions remain dry, and as temperatures increase and skies clear through the day, fire activity can be expected to increase.

 

August 25, 2018 11:00

EOC Update

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

The public is reminded to refrain from areas where firefighting personnel and equipment are working.  Boaters are advised to stay a safe distance away if skimmers are on or approaching lakes.

The Nak’azdli Whut’en Band is providing a return home bus August 25 and 26.  Please call Catherine Lessard at 250-996-3472 per availability.  Click here for the schedule.

Wildfire Update

The growth in the last 24 hours has been approximately 1200 hectares in the northeast and northwest flanks of the fire. The main flank of the fire has not moved towards Fort St James, Highway 27, or Highway 16 in the last week. Helicopters, water skimmers and air tankers will be utilized today as needed.

 

August 24, 2018 18:00 hrs

EOC Update

Those that have had their employment impacted by the wildfires are advised that a special reference code has been put in place to allow Service Canada to process EI claims related to #bcwildfires in Western Canada. Affected workers are encouraged to apply for EI benefits online or in person as soon as possible, even without a Record of Employment (ROE). More information is available online at http://ow.ly/TMTx30lwRHb

Backcountry and recreation site users are advised to exercise caution and abide by all evacuation orders in effect throughout northwestern BC. Refrain from areas where firefighting personnel and equipment are working.  Boaters are advised to stay a safe distance away if skimmers are on or approaching lakes.

The evacuation alert for the District of Fort St. James issued August 12 remains in effect.

Daily FAQ’s

What do the terms head, flank and finger mean in describing a forest fire?

  • The head of a fire is the portion of the fire that is moving with the greatest intensity.
  • The flanks of a fire are the perimeters of the fire in the other directions.
  • A finger is an elongated area of fire that extends beyond the main body of the fire.

Is the fire moving closer to Fort St. James or Highway 27?

A finger of fire emerged on the northeast flank the evening of August 23. Despite this finger, the north and east flanks of the fire have not moved towards Fort St James, Highway 27, or Highway 16 in the last week.

 

August 24, 2018 09:30 hrs

EOC Update – The Emergency Operations Centre continues to work with Wildfire BC, the RCMP, FSJ Search and Rescue Service, Fort St. James Fire and Public Works staff, the Regional District and Emergency Management BC to support the District of Fort St. James.

Wildfire BC Update – The growth on the northeast flank of the fire during the evening of August 22, 2018 is holding within the guard that was put in place yesterday (Aug. 23).  Yesterday the fire did not move closer to Fort St. James, Highway 27 or Highway 16 yesterday.  Today the new contingency guard will continue to be built and reinforced along the northeast flank.  If the weather permits, aircraft will be used throughout the day to support crews as they work to reinforce the new and existing guard line in this area.

 

August 23, 2018 15:30 hrs

EOC Update – If you have self-evacuated, the Province has clarified, that if required, only three days of ESS support will be provided with no automatic renewal.  Residents who have self-evacuated are encouraged to make your own arrangements.  However for those who cannot, ESS staff at the reception centres in the northeast region identified on Emergency Info BC may be able to assist with identifying ESS support services in the surrounding area.

Wildfire Update –   Beginning August 23, 2018 for the next few days skimming aircraft may be using Stuart Lake to support wildfire suppression efforts on the Shovel Lake fire.  Boaters are asked to please stay clear of water skimming aircraft.

Thursday morning, helicopter crews were able to fly the northeast flank of the fire to assess the growth that occurred in this area yesterday.  An approximately a 1km wide finger moved roughly 6km to the northeast, but remained within containment lines and stayed west of Marie Lake.  Today, ground crews and heavy equipment are working to build new guard line around the tip of the finger, tying it back into the exiting guard line. Aircraft will be used throughout the day to support these crews as they work to reinforce the new and existing guard line in this area.

Windy conditions are expected to prevail through tomorrow which may impact fire behaviour. These winds, along with reduced smoke coverage, may increase surface fire activity due to lower relative humidity and higher surface temperatures.

Daily FAQ’s

Has the District of Fort St. James issued an evacuation order? – At this time the District has not issued an evacuation order. A Declaration of a State of Local Emergency is still in place.

What is the status of Highway 27? – The containment boundary is holding on the south east flank. At this time Highway 27 remains open.

 

August 23, 2018 08:30 hrs

The Shovel Lake fire has moved closer to Fort St. James on the north east side of the fire. Unpredicted aggressive fire behaviour on the north flank occurred on the evening of August 22, 2018. Heavy winds and fuels contributed to aggressive fire behaviour near the Sutherland River Protected Area. The fire has moved 5-8 km, but is still within the larger containment boundary. Crews are working to suppress fire activity on this northeastern flank.

Favourable winds today should allow air operations to occur in the morning which will allow crews to be supported from the air. Wildfire BC will continue to provide updates as more information is available.

The District of Fort St. James still has a Declaration of State of Local Emergency in effect. Residents who have self-evacuated and have personal arrangements are encouraged not to return to Fort St. James.

The Emergency Operations Centre continues to be active facilitating local communication and emergency planning in collaboration with other stakeholder agencies.

 

August 22, 2018 11:00 hrs

EOC Update – For those that self-evacuated, when you return please check in with Fort St. James Emergency Social Services at 250-996-8233 so they know you are back in the community.  ESS Services are available at the District office Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Wildfire BC Update – The Shovel Lake wildfire has not moved closer to Highway 27, Fort St. James, or Highway 16 in the past 5 days and is holding in the containment boundary. The main eastern flank is between 20km-23km away from Highway 27. A small finger in the southern part of the eastern flank is approx 14.5km away. The fire is also holding north of the PNG pipeline guard on the southern flank. At this time there is fire growth and activity between Taltapin Lake and Hannay Lake.

Thick smoke continues to challenge the use of aircraft (including helicopters, air tankers, and water skimmers) due to visibility concerns. Helicopters for this incident and the Island Lake fire have been placed in Fort St. James and Burns Lake to try and take advantage when there are visibility windows.

Daily FAQ’s

Is the fire still moving towards Highway 27? The fire has been holding for five days now within the containment boundary. There is a small finger in the south east corner of the fire that extends beyond the rest of the eastern flank, but it within the containment boundary.

What resources does BC Wildfire have supporting the Shovel Lake Fire? 229 firefighters, 47 pieces of heavy equipment, 8 helicopters (shared in the complex).

Could the change in weather impact the Shovel Lake Fire? A change in wind speed or wind direction can impact the fire. Wildfire crews are carefully observing for any change in fire behaviour.

 

August 21, 2018 11:00 hrs

EOC Update – Environment Canada has reported the following weather conditions: Smoky skies continuing across most of BC for the next few days. Local smoke levels will vary based on wind direction and fire characteristics but, until a significant change in the provincial weather pattern occurs, widespread air quality improvements are not expected. For more weather information and regional air quality bulletins visit https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc.

The Latest Update from BC Wildfire Update – The Shovel Lake fire continues to be active on the southeast corner.  Ground crews and heavy equipment have made good progress in building and reinforcing guard lines in this area, and there is a high probability that these guard lines will prevent extensive growth to the southeast.  The threat to the highway 27 corridor and the community of Fort St. James remains low.

Winds are expected to increase from the southeast starting today and continuing through tomorrow. Conditions will remain smoky, and poor visibility will limit the use of aircraft during this period.

Daily FAQ’s

Why is there more smoke in Fort St. James today? The increased smoke is a result of weather changes – cooler temperatures and winds blowing from the southwest.

What should I do if I have breathing difficulties? Stay inside, find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that filters air may help. Elderly, infants, children and pregnant women are most sensitive to smoky conditions. For further information visit https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/wildfire-information.

Should I get a N95 mask?  NEW INFORMATION FROM NHA.  To know if you should be using a N95 mask a consultation with a health care professional is required.  If a healthcare professional recommends you wear a mask go to the Medical Clinic, the Community Health Centre (public health) or the hospital to request a mask.  Information resources have been provided by North Health Authority (NHA). Click here for the Smokey Skies information and click here Using Facemasks During Wildfire Smoke Events information.

 

August 20, 2018 12:00 hrs

EOC Update – The District office is providing ESS Services Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 for pre-registration and information. Please contact the District Office at 250-996-8233.

The EOC continues to be active facilitating local communication and emergency planning in collaboration with other stakeholder agencies. The EOC will remain open until further determination as the situation changes.

The Latest Update from BC Wildfire Update – Crews continue to make good progress on the east flank of the fire, and the risk to the community of Fort Saint James has not increased in several days.  The Large sprinkler system along Sowchea Road will be demobilized starting today.  Structural protection crews, including engines, water tenders trucks and personnel will remain present in the area.

A cold front is expected to pass through the area in the next few days which may cause windy conditions and an increase in fire behaviour. Crews are making good progress on increasing containment, and will continue to focus efforts on the southeast flank of the fire in an effort to reinforce the protection of the Highway 27 corridor.

Daily FAQ’s

Who can I contact for road closure information? For current road conditions and closures visit www.drivebc.ca or @DriveBC on Twitter

Who can I contact for current fire information? Up to date fire information is available from Wildfire Services at www.bcwildfire.ca, BC Wildfire Service on Facebook or @BCGOVFireInfo on Twitter.

Can I return home if I self-evacuated?You can return at your own discretion. Make an informed decision by checking for community information updates and BC Wildfires updates.

 

August 19, 2018 16:30 hrs

The State of Local Emergency has been extended until Sunday, August 26, 2018 midnight.  Click here to see the Extension request, click here to see the Signed Extension from the Minister and click here to see the press release#6.

 

August 18, 2018 13:30 hrs

A public meeting will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018, 09:00 hrs at the Community Centre.  A Facebook Live feed will be available.  Click here for more information.

 

August 17, 2018 18:50 hrs

There seems to be some misinformation circulating regarding voluntary evacuation. At this time, residents within the boundaries of the District of Fort St James are under an Evacuation Alert, NOT an Evacuation Order. Self evacuees are responsible for their own travel and housing arrangements, and are recommended to register with local ESS before leaving.

 

August 17, 2018  14:30 hrs – Press Release #5

The Mayor and Council invite you to join them for a Public Information Meeting in Fort St. James, Sunday, August 19th timing 9:00 am in the community center (190 Stuart drive E). Updates will be provided at this meeting and questions will be answered concerning the Shovel Creek Fire and wildfire situation. Local officials, emergency & fire management personnel will be on hand.

Residents are reminded that an Evacuation Alert is still in place. Those that wish to voluntarily evacuate or need more time to evacuate should prepare and take actions as required.

 

August 17, 2018  09:00 hrs – The District of Fort St James still remains in an Evacuation Alert.  For the latest information on the Shovel Lake Fire please view the BC Wildfire website

 

August 16, 2018  13:00 hrs

Press Release #4

As a result of the various fires in the regional district, the District of Fort St James is strongly recommending residents are to be reminded that an Evacuation Alert is in place.

 

Aug. 15th Update

The Province of British Columbia has issued a Provincial state of emergency. Please see full statement here https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018PSSG0061-001584?WT.cg_n=HootSuite

 

Aug. 15th

Public Information Session Aug. 15 2018 at Kwah Hall. Click here for more info.

 

Aug. 14th Evening Update

Press release from the District of Fort St. James. Click here

Aug. 14th Update

Fort St. James Operation Centre has been ramping up operations and pre-planning. The District continues to rely on information from the BC Wildfire Service. Please check their website for up to date information. http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=712

The Government of Canada has released a statement from Minister Goodale and Sajjan. Please follow the link for the full brief. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2018/08/statement-from-ministers-goodale-and-sajjan-about-the-wildfires-in-british-columbia.html

Aug. 13th Update

Fort St. James Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was activated at 10:00 hours August 13, 2018 in response to the Shovel Lake Fire Evacuation Alert

The EOC Hours are 08:30 to 16:30 (or as needed)

Please call 250-996-8670 for assistance or information regarding relocation.

If your question is regarding the Shovel Lake Wildfire specifics please contact BC Wildfires

 

On Aug. 12th 2018 Mayor and Council issued a Declaration of State of Local Emergency. Please click here to see the notice.

The District will keep community members informed as information becomes available. The BC Wildfire Service continues to have the most accurate and up to date information. Please follow the link to their website http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=712 for up to date information on the Shovel Lake fire.

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako also has important information available please follow the link to their website https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/.

The District of Fort St. James will also have updates on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/fortstjames/?ref=bookmarks and on Twitter @DFSJames.

EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED

September 2, 2018

12:00 Noon

 

The District of Fort St. James has been advised that the imminent danger due to the Shovel Lake Fire to life and property of residents the District of Fort St. James has diminished at this time.

 

Effective at 12:00 NOON, September 2, 2018 the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded for all 872 properties in the District of Fort St. James.

While the Evacuation Alert has been rescinded, conditions in the region continue to be dry. Residents and visitors should be vigilant and aware that the fire hazard remains high to extreme.

A campfire ban remains in place. All campfires are prohibited.

If you see smoke from a wildfire, report it at *5555 from a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555. If there is threat to life call 9-1-1.

The Local State of Emergency will remain in effect for the District of Fort St. James in the event that future Evacuation Alerts or Orders are needed .

 

 

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Mayor, Rob MacDougall

District of Fort St. James

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