REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY Media Release
August 12, 2017, 8:00 hrs:
EVACUATION ORDER Issued for Nelway Area
EVACUATION ALERT Expanded to Include Shambhala Music Festival
McCormick Creek Wildfire
BC Wildfire reports that the McCormick Creek wildfire has jumped the Salmo River toward the Shambhala Music Festival and is also moving in an easterly direction towards the community of Nelway. The fire is now approximately 250 hectares in size and is behaving unpredictably.
BC Wildfire has advised the RDCK EOC that the area of Nelway be put on Evacuation Order immediately to protect residents from the wildfire in the vicinity.
BC Wildfire has also advised that the current active Evacuation Alert area be expanded to include the Shambhala Music Festival.
BC Wildfire, RCMP, and RDCK are strongly advising that due to the fire increasing in size and threatening properties in the area, that Shambhala Music Festival goers should ensure they leave adequate time to return home safely.
The attached map below indicates the area of the EVACUATION ORDER. The area includes:
• Bear Rd
• Pend D’Oreille Rd
• Rosebud Lake Rd
• Talbot Rd
• McCormick Creek Rd
• 8 Properties on Highway 6
All affected properties are being visited by the RCMP to ensure this information is being delivered to property owners.
The RDCK EOC will provide further updates as more information becomes available.
For updates on the current McCormick Creek wildfire situation, visit:
BC Wildfire – Interactive Map of Current Fires