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RDBN EOC Update
September 8, 2018 at 1800 hours

RDBN PHONE LINE

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako inquiries, please visit www.rdbn.bc.ca or call our office at 250-692-3195 or toll free at 1-800-320-3339. Our office hours are currently 7 days a week 0830-1630.

STRUCTURE LOSS

We are currently assessing structural damage to homes, outbuildings and cabins related to the 2018 fires in our region. We will update as new information becomes available.

EVACUATION ORDERS AND ALERTS

Currently there are five evacuation orders in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako impacting 242 dwellings and 4 lodges and three evacuation alerts impacting 366 dwellings and 1 lodge.

The RDBN is in regular contact with the BC Wildfire Service to evaluate the current evacuation alerts and orders and will lift them when it is safe to do so, based on recommendations from the BC Wildfire Service.

Current Evacuation Orders

Island Lake Wildfire

  • Modified on August 31 @ 1600
  • 2 dwellings
  • Due to the Island Lake Fire (R11921)

Cheslatta Lake Wildfire 

  • Modified on August 31 @ 1715
  • 1 dwelling
  • Due to the Cheslatta Lake Fire (R11683)

Tweedsmuir Complex

  • Modified on August 30 @ 12:30pm
  • 4 lodges
  • Due to the Tweedsmuir Complex fires(VA1787)

Nadina Lake Wildfire

  • Modified on August 30 @1300
  • 115 dwellings 
  • Due to the Nadina Lake Fire (R21721)

Verdun Wildfire

  • Modified on September 5 @1600
  • 124 dwellings
  • Due to the Verdun Fire (R11796)

Current Evacuation Alerts

N. of Tezzeron Lake Wildfire

  • Modified on September 3 @ 1800
  • 1 lodge
  • Due to the N. of Tezzeron Lake (G51632)

Tweedsmuir Complex

  • Modified on August 30 @ 12:30pm
  • Due to the Tweedsmuir Complex fires (VA1787)

Nadina Lake Wildfire

  • Modified on August 30 @1300
  • 90 dwellings
  • Due to the Nadina Lake Fire (R21721)

Verdun Wildfire

  • Modified on September 5 @1600
  • 276 dwellings
  • Due to the Verdun Fire (R11796)

WILDFIRE UPDATES

BC WILDFIRE SERVICE PHONE LINE

For information about wildfires or fire bans in the Northwest Fire Centre – Babine Complex please call them directly at 250-876-8557 and for the Prince George Fire Centre – Fraser Complex 250-319-2205.

Summary of Wildfires of Note

There are currently seven Wildfires of Note affecting the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako; five in the Northwest Fire Centre, one in the Coastal Fire Centre and one in the Prince George Fire Centre. Up to date information on the Wildfire of Note can be found at BC Wildfire Service (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status).

For Area Restrictions in regard to the wildfires please visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp

The BC Wildfire Service website displays the current fire danger rating for the province here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/wildfire-situation/fire-danger

Fire Weather Summary

Saturday — mostly cloudy today, with high temperatures in the mid-teens. Winds anticipated to be calmer, with S-SE 5-10 km/hr with afternoon gusts up to 20 km/hr. The minimum relative humidity will be above 45. Scattered showers are expected in the afternoon, with potentially heavy downpours associated with thunderstorm development this afternoon.

Outlook— increasing cloudiness with temperatures in the mid-teens and precipitation. Winds southwesterly 15-20 km/hr with gusts. More precipitation is in the forecast for the weekend and next week with some significant amounts featured in the models.

CAMPFIRE BANS

Northwest Fire Centre

Due to hot and dry conditions and an increased wildfire risk, the BC Wildfire Service prohibited campfires, Category 2 open burns and Category 3 open burns within the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction effective at noon on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans for information on what remains prohibited.

Prince George Fire Centre

There are currently no campfire bans in effect for the Prince George Fire Centre. Effective at noon on Sept. 7, 2018, campfires will be allowed throughout the Prince George Fire Centre's jurisdiction. Visit www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans for information on what remains prohibited.

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