ʔaq̓am community lifts evacuation alert

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The imminent risk of danger to life and 36 properties has been mitigated and with advisement from BC Wildfire staff, the ʔaq̓am Chief and Council are pleased to report the Evacuation Alert resulting from the St Mary’s fire is now rescinded for the ʔaq̓am Community.

Additionally, the RDEK also rescinded an evacuation alert for the Mission/Ft. Steele area on Tuesday afternoon.

The ʔaq̓am Community thanks all emergency responders who assisted and continue to work on the fire. The team effort of the City of Cranbrook fire department, BC Wildfire crews, the RCMP and ʔaq̓am residents was incredibly impressive.

“When we look to the experiences of some of our neighbors, what stands out as our critical success is not only our planning but the on-going relationship building with emergency personnel; knowing your neighbors is key,” said Nasuʔkin Joe Pierre.

The rescinded Evacuation Alert may be reactivated if conditions change. Area residents are cautioned that air quality may be poor.

While ʔaq̓am leadership is lifting the evacuation alert for the community, an alert issued by the RDEK for the Mission / Fort Steele area remains in effect and is being continually assessed.