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Posted: September 14, 2017

Elkford area Evacuation Alert rescinded

Schools re-opening

The Quinn Creek and White River Complex Fires received precipitation overnight and are contributing to less aggressive fire behaviour today.

As a result, in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service, the precautionary Evacuation Alert for the Elkford area has been RESCINDED by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), District of Elkford and District of Sparwood.

“Although the alert has been lifted, it is important for residents to remain aware and prepared should conditions on either of the fires change,” said RDEK Information Officer Loree Duczek. “In spite of the rain received in parts of the region, conditions still remain dry and we all need to continue to stay vigilant.”

Both Rocky Mountain Elementary and Elkford Secondary School will reopen tomorrow morning.

“I want to thank the community for its tremendous support and cooperation,” said District of Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher.

The evacuation ALERT area covered the area north of the District of Sparwood to Bingay Creek, including the District of Elkford, Line Creek, Green Hills and Fording River Operations and all rural properties north of the District of Sparwood.

The Quinn Creek fire is currently estimated at 7,513.5 hectares and is burning southwest of Elkford, while the White River Complex is now estimated at 25,640 ha.

For the latest status of wildfires

Lead image: A view of the nearby Quinn Creek fire from Elkford a couple of days ago. Elkford Fire Department photo


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