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News Release 3

 

For Immediate Release

Monday 16:30 hrs, July 6, 2015

News Release 3

 

 

Wildfire and Smoke Advisory Update


A Local State of Emergency and an Evacuation Order issued to assist in battling the wildfire on Dog Mountain remains in effect for the Dog Mountain Forest Fire at Sproat Lake. The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Emergency Operations Centre remains open at Level One.

 

“The public safety of our citizens and visitors remains a top priority,” said Russell Dyson, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We are working collaboratively with the provincial government, including the BC Wildfire Service, to battle this as quickly as possible.”

 

News Release 3

“It’s important to remember that wildfire activity can be unpredictable and can have serious public safety impacts. Do not take unnecessary risks,” Dyson said. “We ask for the public’s help in respecting the Evacuation Order and associated alerts in place, and we also encourage residents to always be ready for unexpected emergencies with a grab-and-go bag and supplies that can last you up to 72 hours.”

 

On Sunday, the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Island Health issued a Wildfire Smoke Advisory for much of Vancouver Island, including the Alberni Valley, and it remains in effect. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change.

 

Information specific to the Dog Mountain Fire is available from the BC Wildfire Service website: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprscripts/wildfirenews/OneFire.asp?ID=543

 

News Release 3 –Public Safety Tips:

  • Wildfire activity can be unpredictable and can have serious, life safety impacts. Do not take unnecessary risks.
  • Do not enter wildfire areas, light smoke can quickly turn into thick smoke preventing visibility, and high heat can prevent safe exit.
  • Wildfire can travel almost 7 mph in forests and 14 mph in grasslands, it can spread through root systems beneath the surface. Do not anticipate that you will be able to outrun a fire if its direction changes or spread accelerates – stay at a safe distance.
  • If you receive an Evacuation Order, leave the area immediately. Failing to leave when instructed can endanger both you and the lives of first-responders.
  • If ordered to leave, take your emergency kit and lock the door. If instructed, turn off utilities at main switches or valves.
  • Always check for and adhere to local fire bans or restrictions before lighting a campfire. If you see smoke, flames or an abandoned campfire, call *5555 on your cell.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

 

More Information:

Media Contact:

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District

Russell Dyson, Chief Administrative Officer

250 720-2705 / (cell) 250 720-7051

www.acrd.bc.ca

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