FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — More information has been provided on the current state in the Peace River Regional District by the City of Fort St. John’s Director of Strategic Services.
Alerts are active in Charlie Lake, South Taylor Hill, Baldonnel and Hudson’s Hope, while three actual evacuation orders have been issued officially in Baldonnel, South Taylor Hill and Charlie Lake. The Taylor evacuation was expanded this afternoon.
A state of local emergency has been deemed in Baldonnel, South Taylor Hill and Hudson’s Hope. The states expire on April 25 and April 26, respectively.
90 homes have been evacuated in the PRRD, with 359 alerted. 212 people have been registered to the ESS in Taylor.
The Regional District has declared two Local States of Emergency, issued three Evacuation Alerts, and three Evacuation Orders.
Hudson’s Hope has declared one Local State of Emergency, and issued one Evacuation Alert. Highway 29 at the Halfway River Bridge was reopened in both directions at 7 a.m. this morning.
There have been 30 to 34 fires in the Peace region within the past six hours, crews are gathering intelligence on the fires.
In the Fort St. John Zone, 14 fires are being acted upon. In Baldonnel/Taylor, an unconfirmed number of outbuildings were lost, but no residences.
A fire in Bear Flats on Highway 29/Alaska Highway saw alternating traffic control. Near Charlie Lake, the Highway was closed due to down power lines. 49 homes are being evacuated. A fire close to the community of Wonowon hasn’t resulted in evacuation as of this morning.
A 4,500 hectare fire near the Alaska Highway, going up on Beatton Airport Road prompted residents to self-evacuate. Five residents are registered at this time from Blueberry River, the update says.
14 incidents have been confirmed in the Dawson Creek Zone — which includes Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.
In Hudson’s Hope, burn off and suppression action is taking place. No homes have been lost, but some outbuildings are gone. 50 homes are on alert. In the East Pine Area, a 100 hectare fire has occurred. There is no further information.
A fire west of Dawson Creek is currently 50 hectares. A 20-hectare fire in Kelly Lake has claimed one structure, and fire crews in Alberta helped suppress the blaze.
This is the reported weather forecast from Wednesday to Friday.
Strong upper ridge is forming west of the Rockies. To the east of the Rockies there is a powerful arctic front pushing in from the northeast. Temperatures west of the Rockies will be up to 20 degrees, while east of the Rockies will struggle to reach double digits. Winds up to 50 kms in the east, only 20 kilometres in the west.
Late Thursday and Friday will see thundershowers west of the Rockies and remaining dry in the east.