An evacuation alert has been issued for the St. Mary Lake area west of Kimberley due to a wildfire burning near the Kianuko Provincial Park boundary at Meachen Creek.
The fire is 1,000 hectares and is being treated as a modified response, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.
The evacuation alert covers an area from the west side of the Kimberley municipal boundary to Redding Creek/St. Mary River convergence, which includes properties along St. Mary Lake Rd. and Lakefront Rd.
The alert is simply a precautionary measure for property owners to prepare for an immediate evacuation, should the situation require it.
The RDEK recommends people designate a meeting point with family members or coworkers outside the evacuation area, should the alert be upgraded to an order.
– Gather important items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, keepsakes and immediate needs for dependants.
– Have a plan in place to move anyone who might have mobility issues.
– Arrange transportation for family members if you are not around in the event of an evacuation order. Anyone who needs transportation assistance can call 250-426-2188.
– Arrange accommodation for your family, if possible. In the event of an evacuation order, Emergency Reception Centres will be opened, if required.