Regional District reminds residents they need to evacuate when ordered

Photo of the Beatton Airport Road fire on May 10 - B.C. Wildfire Service.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is reminding residents that when an evacuation order is issued, they need to leave immediately.

In an email late Monday, the District said “only issues an order for people to evacuate when the potential for life safety is at risk. While conditions can change and risks abate after evacuating, we always err on the side of ensuring people are safe. Evacuations are not taken lightly.”

The District is concerned that some residents in the area under an evacuation order have not left their homes.  We don’t know how many people haven’t left their homes that are under the evacuation order, but there are 136 civic addresses under the order.

According to the District, the Wildfire Service will recommend when to issue an evacuation alert or order based on the best available knowledge of the fire movement and the ability to move residents to safety.

The Geographic area of the evacuation order is from approximately Mile 77 on the Alaska Highway where it meets Kitt Road, northwest approximately 9 km and then northeast to junction of the Beatton Airport Road and Aitken Creek Road, east along the Buick Creek Road to the Prespatou Road, south along the Prespatou Road to just south of the 264 Road and generally west to the Alaska Highway.

Here is a map of the area under an evacuation order and alert near the Beatton Airport Road fire and the evacuation alert in effect for residents near the Siphon Creek Fire.  The next update on the fire is expected at around 9 p.m. Monday.

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The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.
The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.