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BREAKING: Hudson's Hope placed on evacuation alert

Evacuation order issued for Battleship Mountain, Carbon Lake areas due to immediate wildfire danger to life, safety, and health

Update, 11:15 p.m.:

An evacuation order has been issued for the Battleship Mountain and Carbon Lake areas, while the community of Hudson’s Hope has been put on alert due to wildfire. 

The District of Hudson’s Hope has declared a state of local emergency, and issued an evacuation alert for areas within municipal boundaries.

The forest fire at Battleship Mountain has grown to 8000 hectares in the last 24 hours, and more considerable growth is forecast over the next 72 hours, according to the Peace River Regional District.

The PRRD says the fire is expected to reach over the east side of Battleship Mountain due to its current rate of spread of 15m/minute, which is being driven by winds of 30 kilometres per hour.

“Winds are expected to reach up to 70km/hour on Sunday, September 4, which could increase fire spread to 30m/minute," the PRRD says.

"Should this occur, there is an increased risk that the Johnson Creek FSR could become impassable and limit the ability for people to evacuate safely.”

The Evacuation Order has been issued for the following areas within Electoral Area E:

  • North shore of Williston Lake
  • Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)
  • Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek
  • West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek
  • North to Williston Lake

The alert from the District of Hudson's Hope applies to the following areas:

  • Twelve Mile Rd., Dunley Rd., Eagle Heights Dr., & Aspen Ridge Dr.
  • Beryl Prairie Rd. & Haagsman St.
  • Farrell Creek Rd., Simonsen Ave., & Lahagarte Rd.
  • East of Johnson Creek FSR at 40km until Highway 29 and North until Hudson’s Hope from the Johnson Creek FSR along Highway 29.

The BC Wildfire Service listed the Battleship fire at an estimated 10,500 hectares as of Saturday night.

There are still nine firefighters assigned to the blaze, with more unit crews en route starting Sunday "as they become available," the wildfire service says.

Hudson's Hope residents are being advised to pack essential items including identifications, medications, and other valuables should an evacuation order be issued. The PRRD says residents may receive limited notice of an evacuation due to changing conditions.


Original story:

BREAKING: Evacuation Order issued by the Peace River Regional District

Evacuation Order #1: Battleship Mountain Wildfire (G72150)

An Evacuation Order has been issued for the following areas within Electoral Area E:

  • North shore of Williston Lake

  • Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)

  • Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek

  • West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek

  • North to Williston Lake

An Evacuation Order has been issued for Battleship Mountain & Carbon Lake Area due to immediate danger to life, safety, and health due to wildfire. In the last 24 hours, the wildfire has grown from 4500ha to 8000ha. The BC Wildfire Service has recommended this Order due to the current and expected fire growth over the next 72hrs, which is expected to reach over the Eastside of Battleship Mountain as a result of the current rate of spread (15m/minute), 30km winds, and the fire behavior.

Winds are expected to reach up to 70km/hour on Sunday, September 4, which could increase fire spread to 30m/minute. Should this occur, there is an increased risk that the Johnson Creek FSR could become impassable and limit the ability for people to evacuate safely.

You Must Leave the Area Immediately

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Follow the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road (FSR) East to Highway 29 and continue to a safe location.

  • Please visit prrd.bc.ca and bcwildfire.ca regularly for current information.

  • If you need transportation assistance from the area, advise the person providing this notice or call 1-800-670-7773.

  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.

  • Close all windows and doors.

  • Close gates (latch) but do not lock.

  • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation. Do not use more vehicles then you have to.

  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, cell & charger and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.