Elkford evacuation alert RESCINDED

Overnight precipitation caused fires to become less aggressive

The Evacuation Alert issued on September 12 for the District of Elkford, as well as all rural residences north of the District of Sparwood, has been RESCINDED by the Regional District of East Kootenay, District of Sparwood and District of Elkford.

The Quinn Creek fire and White River Complex fires, the cause of the alert, received precipitation overnight resulting in less aggressive fire behaviour today.

The evacuation alert area covered the area north of the District of Sparwood to Bingay Creek, including the District of Elkford, Line Creek, Greenhills and Fording River Operations and all rural properties north of the 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 schools will reopen tomorrow morning.

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

The Quinn Creek fire is currently estimated at 7513.5 hectares and is burning southwest of Elkford, while the White River Complex is now estimated at 25,640 hectares.

For more information contact the information line at 250-426-2188 or 1-855-346-2188.

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