Rock Creek Wildfire update – The Evacuation Order for parts of the Rock Creek Fire area has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert

Important news and information regarding the Rock Creek wildfire updated as quickly as possible.

People stranded by the Rock Creek fire look through clothes donated by locals at Midway Community Hall.

Monday, Aug. 17

10pm – Power restored to Christian Valley

9pm – Interior Health safety advice for evacuees – http://www.rdkb.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=QzkFh6_7fXw%3d&tabid=39

4:30pm – 242 homes now under Evacuation Alert 137 homes remain under Evacuation Order

4pm – RDKB website -The Evacuation Order for parts of the Rock Creek Fire area has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert

Note that the Highway 33 corridor is still under Evacuation Order. The following areas are now under Evacuation Alert: 1. East and north of the Kettle River and south of the North-East boundary of Kettle River Provincial Park described in more detail below has, therefore, been rescinded: • Kettle River East Road • Nicholson Creek Road • Kettle Valley South Road; 2. South side of the Kettle River to the bridge crossing the Kettle River at Rock Creek, and then along the south side of Rock Creek Cutoff Road and Highway3; and 3. All residents on Hulme Creek Road (access limited to residents only). See www.rdkb.com for map of area now under Evacuation Alert

10am – power expected to be back on in Christian Valley tonight

7am – RDKB announced Kettle River Provincial Park campers returned to campsite yesterday – all vehicles and camp gear recovered – campers have gone home

Sunday, Aug. 16

9am – RDKB – We can confirm that 30 homes were lost to the fire with 11 additional properties where structures other than homes were damaged or lost. We are contacting homeowners that lost homes. Residents within the affected area can call (250) 368-0254 for information. Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Alerts for the Highway 3 corridor through Rock Creek. The Evacuation Alert area includes 88 homes/businesses that residents can return to. Check DriveBC http://www.drivebc.ca/#listView for current conditions on Highway 3. Evacuation Orders are still in effect for the Highway 33 corridor from Rock Creek to the south intersection of Blythe-Rhone Road. The RCMP continues to patrol evacuated areas to ensure safety and security. Every effort is being made to return Kettle River Provincial Park evacuees to their vehicles and belongings. The plan is to return people to the park escorted in small groups and to start that process sometime today.

Saturday, Aug. 15

12:30am – Highway 3 from Osoyoos to Midway has been re-opened to traffic.

From Drive BC – Reopened from 14 km east of Osoyoos to Midway after Forest Fire. 50 km/hr speed limit in effect. Watch for debris on road. Updated on Sat Aug 15 at 10:33 pm PDT. (ID# 192200)

Highway 33 from Rock Creek To Beaverdell remains closed.

The Rock Creek wild fire is still at 3,750 hectares and is zero per cent contained.

Recent tweets (Saturday) from RDKB emergency operations centre:

9pm – Evacuation Order on Hwy 3 corridor on south side of Kettle River through Rock Creek downgraded to Evacuation Alert; Hwy 3 open at 10:30 PM

9pm – (Retweeted from Fortis) Service update: Power restored to w/generator. Customers urged to power only essentials.

6pm – BC Ministry of Environment / Interior Health Authority Issued Smoky Skies Advisory

5pm – Rock Creek Fire – Public Meeting Sunday August 16 at 4:00PM at Midway Community Centre, 692 7th Ave., Midway

Size: 3,750.0 hectares (estimated)

Status: Active

• 0% contained

With winds and smoke dissipating, this morning we were able to more accurately map the fire size. It’s currently an estimated 3,750 hectares.

 

There is a potential for thunderstorm activity and significant wind gusts through the region tonight which may increase fire behaviour and growth.

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BC Wildfire Service crews are working with structural protection firefighters from throughout the region to protect life and property in the area.

 

Evacuation Order is in effect.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an Evacuation Order and an additional Evacuation Alert. For more information on this Evacuation Order and Alert, please visit: http://www.rdkb.com