A map of the area currently under evacuation alert.

A map of the area currently under evacuation alert.

Sparwood to Elkford EVACUATION ALERT

An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of East Kootenay, the District of Elkford and the District of Sparwood due to wildfire and the potential danger to life and health to residents in the area north of the District of Sparwood to Bingay Creek. This includes the District of Elkford, Line Creek, Greenhills and Fording River Operations and all rural properties north of Sparwood as outlined on the map associated with this Alert.

The purpose of this alert is to prepare resident to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation, however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

Prepare for a possible evacuation order by doing the following:

Locate all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting point outside of the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.

Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.

Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children.

Move pets and livestock to a safe area.

Arrange to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an Evacuation Order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call 250-426-2188.

Arrange accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, reception centres will be opened if required.

Monitor news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of reception centres.