Two small communities nestled along Lower Arrow Lake in B.C.’s Southern Interior are now under evacuation orders.
On Wednesday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) expanded its evacuation order because of the Michaud Creek wildfire that’s burning along the west side of the lake.
RDCK Media Release – Evacuation Order expanded for Michaud Creek wildfire to include the communities of Edgewood and Needles north to Whatshan Lake. For the complete details, including the address points affected and map, follow the link https://t.co/UEgy7dgnAI pic.twitter.com/1vg4rqUBk0
— RDCK (@RDofCK) July 21, 2021
An evacuation order has now been issued for 356 properties in the Edgewood and Needles areas. Evacuees are being told to head to #Kelowna if they require support.
— Jules Knox (@Jules_Knox) July 21, 2021
The fire is estimated to be 2,670 hectares in size and is located around 21 kilometres south of Edgewood.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, “strong winds are expected to increase well into today and continue to drive aggressive fire behaviour in the interior, southern interior, and southeast region of the province.”
The evacuation order now includes the small communities of Edgewood and Needles, and runs north to Whatshan Lake, for a total of 356 properties.
The RDCK had previously implemented an evacuation order for two properties in the Cinnamon Lake and Johnson Creek areas.
To compound matters, on the east side of the lake, and around 18 km northeast of the Michaud Creek wildfire, is the Octopus Creek fire.
The Octopus Creek fire is estimated at 4,200 hectares.
It’s also located 11 km south of the community of Fauquier — which is one of two transit points for the Needles ferry across the lake, with Needles being the other.
Elevated winds paired with extremely dry fuels has increased the fire activity and rate of spread on the Octopus Creek wildfire (N51800). #BCWildfire Service crews were forced to pull off the fire because of the significant safety risk posed by aggressive fire activity. pic.twitter.com/wUYV57qx9E
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 21, 2021
On Tuesday night, the regional district upgraded its evacuation alert to an evacuation order for Fauquier. The order affects 168 properties.
The regional district said affected residents and visitors were required to leave the area immediately and report to the Nakusp and District Sports Complex in Nakusp or register online with emergency support services.
The fire is said to be highly visible from Edgewood, Fauquier, Needles and surrounding areas.
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