NEWS

FIRE UPDATE JULY 22, 2014 8:15AM

With the rain and cooler temperatures, it is anticipated that the Fire Alerts in the Moberly Lake area will be rescinded at some point today. Until that time, the Chetwynd Emergency Operations Centre will continue to be on standby at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre.

 

July 21, 2014 – Mount McAllister Wildfire details have been updated as of 1:17PM today!

The fire has shrank to 15,874.0 hectares, and is now 40% guarded.

At this time the fire is being fought by 189 firefighters, 6 helicopters, and 39 pieces of heavy equipment.

The Evacuation Alert for Hudson’s Hope remains in place, although PeaceFM has received reports there are plans to cancel the alert soon.

Chetwynd remains the main base of operations for fighting this fire. A “Type 1 Incident Management Team” is working on this fire. The Incident Command Post is located at the fire camp located at the end of 50th street.

Stay tuned to PeaceFM for updates on the fire! You can also get further information from the BC Wildfire Management Branch – http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=501

 

FIRE UPDATE – July 21, 2014 9:35AM

Peace FM has just had an interview with the Information Officer – Please listen to Peace FM to hear interview and updates.

 

FIRE UPDATE – July 21, 2014 8:15AM

Report of Activities of the Emergency Operation Centre:

Fire Alerts for Moberly Lake and Hudson’s Hope remain in place.  A complete assessment will be done today and a full report will be issued by 4:00 pm.

Chetwynd remains the base of operations and no alert is in place for our community.

The Emergency Social Services group in Chetwynd would like to thank each and every merchant for their cooperation when they were approached last week in the event of providing supplies in the event of an evacuation.  An assessment of resources was done and we were prepared to assist evacuees in the event of an evacuation at the Recreation Centre.   Employees at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre went the extra mile and assisted as the Emergency Operations Centre was set up and were prepared in the event that a Reception Centre had to be staged.

The Emergency Operations Centre continues to be available and will be used for conference calls with the province.

FIRE UPDATE – July 18, 2014 8:15AM

News for Friday:

At the evening session of the Emergency Operations Centre at 1900 hours on July 17, 2014, the Chetwynd Emergency Operations  Centre volunteers and staff welcomed the entry of BC Forest persons and the structural operations units operators from the Office of the Fire Commissioner’s Office.  These structural Protection Units (SPUs) will be deployed in the region.

Residents are reminded that Chetwynd is a very busy hub with the onslaught of fire fighters arriving to assist in the operations.   The Chetwynd Airport is a very busy  hub with crews mustering for the fires towards Moberly Lake and Hudson’s’ Hope.  Be aware that helicopters and provincial crews are using this as a base of operations and a  400 man  BC Forest Service Camp for forest fire fighters is being setup at the Airport near the water treatment plant and may be operational by the end of today.

BC Forest Service has operational headquarters at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre to coordinate the logistics of the fire attack in our area.  You will see many fire officials in our community.

Residents may hear helicopters and see equipment in the area, but there is no evacuation alert or order in place for the District of Chetwynd.  Chetwynd is the hub of operations and potentially may serve as the receiver of evacuees if evacuation orders come to fruition in the Moberly Lake areas.  Emergency workers in Chetwynd welcome the assistance of all fire fighters and planners to the region.

 

FIRE UPDATE – July 17, 2014 2:30PM

Press Release:

- Cooling temperatures and the slight rains have made conditions less stressful for the communities impacted by the fires in our area.

- Please be advised though that the Northern Fire Attack Team at the Chetwynd Airport is a very busy location with crews mustering for the fires towards Moberly Lake and Hudson’s’ Hope.  Be aware that helicopters and provincial crews are using this as a base of operations.  Also, a BC Forest Service Camp for forest fire fighters is being setup at the Airport near the water treatment plant.

- Further, BC Forest Service has operational headquarters at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre to coordinate the logistics of the fire attack of the McAllister Fire.  You will see many fire officials in our community.

- Residents may hear helicopters and see equipment in the area, but there is no evacuation alert or order in place for the District of Chetwynd.  Chetwynd is the hub of operations and potentially may serve as the receiver of evacuees if evacuation orders come to fruition in the Moberly Lake areas.

-          Saulteau First Nations and West Moberly First Nations along with the general Moberly Lake community are still under an Alert Only.

-          The Peace River Regional District has however issued an evacuation order and State of Emergency in an industrial and remote area as per their website: See their website at http://prrd.bc.ca .

-          To all residents, call 911 for an ambulance if the health of any person is compromised.  For updates on the fire situation, go to http://bcwildfire.ca   and view Fires of Note.

-          For more information, you may also wish to contact the Fire Information Officer at (250) 565-6129 or call 1-888-3FOREST or 1-888-336-7378 for an update. If you wish to report a forest fire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.

-           Your Emergency Team composed of Emergency Social Services Volunteers and staff members are meeting to review the progress of the fires and the possibility of an evacuation.  At this time, there is no eminent danger unless weather conditions change.

-          This information will be updated daily as current conditions change.

-          Hudson’s Hope evacuation order rescinded

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The District of Chetwynd is located in the foothills of the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. It is British Columbia’s entrance to the mighty Peace River Country. Located at the junction of Highways 97 and 29 and the CN Rail mainline. Chetwynd is the natural transportation hub of the Peace River area.

Chetwynd has a population of about 3,100 with a trading area of about 7,000 people. When not hard at work, the people of Chetwynd enjoy an excellent recreation complex with a wave pool, team-sized hot tub, sauna, six-sheet curling rink, ice arena and library. The four seasons combined with virgin forests, rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, undulating fields and crystal clear lakes and rivers make Chetwynd a playground for the nature lover and outdoor enthusiast. Good schools, playgrounds and fields make Chetwynd a terrific place to live and raise your family.

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